July 29, 2004
Racial hate crimes, which happen even in cosmopolitan cities like
New York, show that racism is still blatant inside the
hearts of some people with low self-esteem, who pretend that others
are less and deserve to be killed or abused only to increase their
own self-esteem. People like Hitler, who was a short bad painter
with sexual dysfunctions, become crusaders of racial and ethnic
wars, inflating their egos by convincing other mediocre people
alike that their bad luck or performance in life is due to the
ascension of other more talented people that belong to an “inferior” religion
The brutal attack committed in the middle of the street by a
group of white men to religious leader Rajil Singh Khalsa,
that ignorance and racial fear can lead to painful and unacceptable
acts. The worst part is that their ignorance took them to attack
the victim because they confused his clothes with those of Arabic
origin. Stupidity and bad instincts are usually an explosive
combination. The bullies who thought were committing some kind
act against Muslims, wounded a person that had nothing to with
the religious beliefs of those who attacked the Twin Towers.
not all Muslims are terrorists, and no one has the right to harass
them simply because they practice the same religion as Bin Laden.
Unfortunately, this is happening because of the ghetto style division
of the residents of the city of New York. People like these should
realize that it is not their right to behave like vigilantes of “justice”,
because they will always humiliate and vex innocent people that
have nothing to do with the facts they are being accused of. Ignorance,
which goes hand in hand with blind violence, is the most primitive
characteristic of fear to the unknown. To confuse an Indian with
and Arab is the limit of aberration. Not only is it committing
a crime against an innocent and unknown man, but it also shows
the unfairness of judging people because of the way they look.
These attacks should be rejected by all who have bit of conscious,
independently if they are white, black, Hispanic, or from other
race or religion. Many in the Big Apple have suffered hate crimes
themselves or their relatives: Jewish people, Palestinians, Rwandans,
Albanians, Bosnians, and Guatemalan aborigines. Genocides and massacres
with the pretext of “punishing” entire populations
for offences committed by some of their members have put the world
Something that has been condemned by all the good-will
men, independently of their religion or culture. In a cosmopolitan
city like New York these things should not happen. Let all the
weight of the law fall upon the attackers.
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Translated from Spanish by Maria Noel