Arsonist Burns Nearly 40 Hindu Flags in Queens

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A suspected arsonist is captured in surveillance video setting fire to a collection of Hindu flags in Queens.

New York Police Department officers are searching for a suspected arsonist in a Thanksgiving day attack on a local Queens-area home. Surveillance video footage captured a figure entering the front yard of the Queens home at 89th street and 80th avenue, and setting fire to nearly 40 Hindu prayer flags, leaving behind a pile of charred debris.

There is no word yet on motive, and specifically whether or not this was a targeted attack because the flags were religious objects of the Hindu faith. Nonetheless, South Asian Americans have increasingly become the target of hate crimes and other bias incidents since September 11, 2001, and increasing Islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric has only heightened the danger for Muslim Americans and those (such as Sikh Americans and other South Asian Americans) whom racists mistake for Muslims. Indeed, last year another Queens-area Sikh man was the victim of vehicular assault in an anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh hate crime.

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Sikh American man in critical condition after allegedly racially motivated hit-and-run | #Justice4Sandeep

Surveillance camera footage showing Sandeep Singh moments before he is struck and dragged by a white pick-up truck in Queens. Moments earlier, the driver of the truck had hurled a racial slur at Singh and his friend as they stood in the street.
Surveillance camera footage showing Sandeep Singh moments before he is struck and dragged by a white pick-up truck in Queens. Moments earlier, the driver of the truck had hurled a racial slur at Singh and his friend as they stood in the street.

(H/T Angry Asian Man)

Sandeep Singh, a 29-year-old father of two, was nearly killed in an alleged racially-motivated hit-and-run incident last Tuesday night in Ozone Park, Queens. Singh was standing outside of his 99th street office building having just had dinner at a nearby restaurant with his friend Baldey Singh,  when the driver of a white pick-up truck slowed down and yelled a racial slur at the two South Asian American Sikh men. According to Singh, who told his story to the Sikh Coalition:

[T]he driver… used racial and religious slurs against Sandeep, calling him a “terrorist” and telling him to “go back to your country.”

What happened next was captured by a series of surveillance cameras and it is horrifying; video after the jump.

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