because we’re “others”

Professor Naunihal Singh examines Why Oak Creek Isnt Being Treated as a Tragedy for All Americans in The New Yorker.

Sadly, the media has ignored the universal elements of this story, distracted perhaps by the unfamiliar names and thick accents of the victims’ families. They present a narrative more reassuring to their viewers, one which rarely uses the word terrorism and which makes it clear that you have little to worry about if you’re not Sikh or Muslim. As a Sikh teaching at a Catholic university in the Midwest, I was both confused and offended by this framing.

I was offended, too. Read the piece. His conclusion is grim.