By: Suresh M.
As a so-called model minority, we Desis have had a precarious position in American society. Although we contribute a lot to its economic engine, we face the “evil eye” during economic downturns. And even though I have been in the US for more than 40 years, to this day I still get mistaken to be a foreigner– even at Democratic political events. Correcting such assumptions, especially by just speaking with no accent, has been mildly entertaining at times, but in the years since Trump took office, that sense of being considered an outsider has taken on a much more ominous tone, especially outside progressive areas of the country. That is why we cannot remain spectators as others fight to preserve American democracy and social justice. We Desis must show up in larger numbers to stand with other communities against radical Republicanism, which is a clear and present danger to the American ideals of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for all people. America is our home and we cannot allow it to become hostile to our future generations. As the saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” I joined They See Blue to cultivate this sense of altruistic, civic responsibility within our Desi community, so that we may demonstrate that we care about and are an integral part of the American fabric.