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#AfterSeptember11: 50k people share stories of racism in US

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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New York: Jessica Talwar, an Indian American woman, has created #AfterSeptember11 on micro-blogging site Twitter to highlight the issues of hatred and racial attacks meted out to various groups from India and other places in the US.

The hashtag reminds people of the situation that has developed, for worse, for various minority communities, religious and regional, where they face daily hatred and at times even lose their lives, just because they appear non-White.

The hashtag was created by Jessica Talwar, a 19-year-old political science student from Loyola University in Chicago who tweets as @jesstalwar, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

People came in huge numbers to talk about their stories after the hashtag #AfterSeptember11 began trending since September 10 night — the day it was created. Over 50,000 victims shared their stories using it.

The victims said they were targeted for being Muslim – or often, just for having brown skin.

Many of the victims were children during the attacks on the Trade Towers but their tweets reflect the impact of the racial abuse on their young lives.

One said her father shaved his face and stopped wearing a turban after he was assaulted at work.

“America needs to recognize that the trauma and repercussions of these attacks were not confined to the day of September 11, 2001 itself,” Talwar wrote in an email to Los Angeles Times.

“Desis, Arabs, and Muslims have felt the impact of this day for 14 years,” she said.

Indian American poet Hari Kondabolu echoed Talwar’s views and wrote “his mother put the US flag on their house because she feared that people would throw rocks through the window”.

Just a few days ago, on September 8, an elderly Sikh-American man Inderjit Singh Mukker, was attacked in Chicago and was dubbed a “terrorist” and “bin Laden” by the attacker.

Soon after its creation, the detractors used the hashtag to flood hate messages. They used racial slurs and threatened to kill Muslims.

“It was as if there was some rigid dichotomy between American society and the South Asian, Muslim, and Arab communities,” Talwar was quoted as saying.

“This movement was not intended to belittle the tragic events of September 11 itself,” she said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Instagram Launches Beta Version if its in-app Shopping Feature in US

Instagram's plans on rolling out the feature globally remain unclear

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Facebook-owned photo messaging app Instagram has launched the beta version of its in-app shopping feature in the US that would allow over a billion users to buy products tagged in images or videos without having to leave the platform.

Called “Checkout with Instagram”, the feature would allow US users to shop from over 20 brands including Adidas, Kylie Cosmetics and Warby Parker, without re-directing users to other websites.

“We will introduce a selling fee to help fund programmes and products that help make checkout possible, as well as offset transaction-related expenses,” TechCrunch quoted an Instagram spokesperson as saying on Tuesday.

The photo-messaging app would charge sellers making sales an undisclosed amount of fee.

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“We aren’t sharing the specific number right now. We are testing a selling fee with businesses during the closed beta. It will not change the price of the items for consumers,” the spokesperson said.

Checkout tags would appear on feed posts, Stories and Explore content from the brands in the closed beta that Instagram plans to eventually open to more businesses.

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For now, those who use Instagram’s shopping feature can pay with PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover, the report added.

Instagram’s plans on rolling out the feature globally remain unclear. (IANS)