Washington. A group of women members of Congress, including Indian-American Pramila Jayapal, introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives on Friday that, even two decades after the September 11 attacks, spread across the United States, Arabs and the West. Hate, discrimination and racism have been accepted against people of Asia, South Asian origin and against Muslims and Sikhs. In the resolution, MPs Pramila Jayapal, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Judy Chu acknowledged that people were targeted by the government on the basis of their religion, caste, nationality and immigration level.
The proposal calls for an inter-agency task force to review, investigate and detail government policies that unfairly target these communities, as well as work with community-based organizations to eliminate them. There is also the idea of formation.
The resolution calls for a hearing by Congress and civil rights organizations to understand the findings and recommendations of the inter-agency task force. The resolution demands that the Ministers of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation conduct a study to record feelings of hatred, government targeting, and information on physical and mental health.
This proposal has been supported by many community based organizations. According to the resolution, Arab, Muslim, West Asian, South Asian and Sikh communities in the US have faced prolonged discrimination and violence that escalated after the September 11 attacks. According to the resolution, in the first week after the 9/11 attacks, community-based organizations recorded 645 incidents of prejudice and hatred against Americans believed to be of West Asian or South Asian origin. This climate of hatred has led to an increased incidence of bullying and violence in everyone’s lives and in their workplaces, businesses, community centers and places of worship.