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Smithsonian Exhibit: Since 9/11, Indian Americans Don't Feel 'Safe Or Welcome Here'

9:16 AM, May 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington has a new exhibit, "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation," about the contributions and influence of the small but vibrant community of Indians and other South Asians living and working in the United States. "Photographs, artifacts, video, and interactives are used to trace their arrival and labor participation in the early 1900s; their achievements in medicine, small business, IT, and taxi-driving; and their many contributions in building the nation," reads a brief explanation of the exhibit.

One section of the taxpayer-funded exhibit details how in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, "many immigrants and racial minorities, incuding those from India, no longer felt safe or welcome here."

A source sends a photo of the panel:

Here's the full text of the panel:

September 11, 2001, changed America forever.

Many immigrants and racial minorities, including those from India, no longer felt safe or welcome here. Sikhs, some of whom traced their American ancestry back multiple generations, were suddenly assumed to be terrorists because of their beards and turbans. Mosques were firebombed. Hindu temples were vandalized. Days after the Twin Tower attacks, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh gas station owner, was shot to death in Mesa, Arizona, by a man who told the police, "I stand for America all the way."

America's darkest hours are rooted in discrimination and violence. Like all Americans, Indians are part of this history. Times have changed since the days of slavery and segregation, but as ongoing racial profiling, employment discrimination, and the 2012 killings in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, show, there are still seasons of change to come.

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