Friday, February 9, 2018

South Asian activists create #DesiWallofShame

NIKKI HALEY is the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Under her watch, the U.S. has become an increasingly isolationist nation that subverts diplomacy efforts through policies like the Muslim ban, the decision to declare Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, threatened North Korea with military action and tried to bully the United Nations to accept U.S. policies or lose America's financial support.

Haley is also one of the first entries for the Desi Wall of Shame, a social media campaign #DesiWallofShame, launched Jan. 30 by New York-based lawyer and activist Deepa Iyer and California-based activist Anirvan Chatterjee.

They want to call out the members of the Trump administration who are of South Asian descent.

"It's been a year since Trump took office and his South Asian appointees and supporters have been pushing an anti-immigrant, anti-civil rights, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-Internet agenda,” says the website  It urges fellow South Asian-Americans to “learn the issues” and to “hold them accountable.”

Here are other charter members of the Desi Wall of Shame:

AJIT PAI is the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Under his watch, the FCC ended net neutrality, which keeps the internet open, free and accessible to everyone. This harms many communities—including South Asians who rely on multilingual content.
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SEEMA VERMA is the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Under her watch, the Trump Administration is mandating work requirements to access Medicaid. Civil rights advocates call this a “throwback to rejected racial stereotypes.”

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SHALLI KUMAR is the founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition. He worries that “a lot of people think that Trump is somewhat of a racist.” So he launched an international PR campaign to convince Indians that Trump is secretly pro-immigrant.

RAJ SHAH is the Principal Deputy Press Secretary at the White House. He defended Trump’s “sh*thole” comments about African nations and Haiti, while promoting fear of family-based immigration.

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Although the wall initially included these five Indian/Americans, The Twitter-verse had a few more suggestions: Conservative political commentator, author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza as a lifetime member; and an honorable mention for Republican Bobby Jindal, the former Louisiana governor – although he’s not in the administration.