American Hate

Survivors Speak Out
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A moving and timely collection of testimonials from people impacted by hate speech and hate crimes before and after the 2016 presidential election

“Is this the country I want my kids to grow up in, where the hate is so visible? It’s easy to leave and just forget everything, but I think that deep down we need to stay here and fight it.” —Marwan Kreidie, after a pig’s head was thrown at the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society Mosque in Philadelphia

In Open Season, human rights lawyer Arjun Singh Sethi travels the country speaking to people who have been affected by hate. In a series of powerful, unfiltered testimonials, people of various races, ethnicities, faiths, and genders speak out about now having to live in fear of long-standing, deeply rooted hatred and citizen-on-citizen violence that the Trump administration has given license to flourish.

Sethi speaks to the family of Khalid Jabara, who was murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in August 2016 by a man who had been harassing and threatening them solely because they were Arab American. He speaks to Singh Khalsa, who was viciously attacked in Richmond, California, by two white men who knocked off his turban and cut off his hair. He speaks to many more—just a fraction of a growing number of incidents of hate spurred by a vitriolic political climate and emboldened by the rhetoric of a racist, misogynist, and xenophobic administration that continues to shamelessly disparage America’s diversity and fire up nativist aggression.

A powerful and necessary book for these times, Open Season explores this tragic moment in U.S. history by foregrounding the people whose voices right-wing populist movements have tried to silence.