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.
At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 was crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City by terrorists. Eleven years later on September 11, 2012, events unfolded in Benghazi, Libya, that would ultimately leave a U.S. diplomatic facility gutted and four Americans dead. As of 8:46 AM today, the U.S. State Department had not acknowledged either anniversary.
A WEEKLY STANDARD reader points out that in all the early commentary about the events in Libya and Egypt, no one seems to have noted the date. Could it be, as he puts it, that "someone had it marked on a calendar to whip up a murderous frenzy on, oh, Tuesday 9/11"?
Earlier this morning at the Pentagon, President Barack Obama delivered the following remarks in rememberance of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:
"Secretary Panetta, General Dempsey, members of our Armed Forces, and most importantly, to the families --survivors and loved ones -- of those we lost, Michelle and I are humbled to join you again on this solemn anniversary.
Paul Krugman, of Princeton and the New York Times, was up early last Sunday morning, reflecting, as many of his fellow Americans were, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. He chose to share his thoughts on the meaning of the day. Here’s his contribution in its entirety, posted at 8:41 a.m., five minutes before the first moment of silence was to begin at Ground Zero:
Charlotte Allen's story this week documents how many of the country's top universities are commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks with postmodern intellectual posturing and Islamic outreach. But we're pleased to note that not all of the nation's universities have lost sight of remembering the fallen and the heroes of 9/11.