Posted on October 17, 2008 by Alexandra Avakian

A woman stands outside the ruins of a burned mosque in Savannah, Georgia with her two children

Also in the front-of-the-book essay is this photo of a Savannah, Georgia, mosque that was burned to the ground in an arson attack in the summer of 2003. The attack followed threatening letters and gunshots fired at the mosque in the night. Muslim Americans were under quite a lot of pressure after 9/11, even though most of them love America as much as any other immigrants.

Two Sikh-Americans sitting amongst the remains of their destroyed business

The other picture, not in the book, is of Sikh Americans who were mistaken for Arabs in November 2004. Their gas station/convenience store was torched in a hate crime in Chesterfield, Virginia, and anti-Arab slogans were spray-painted on trash bins out back.

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