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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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Wikipedia Co-founder Launching Social Media Website “WT: Social”

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named "WT: Social" which will compete Facebook and Twitter

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social media website names "WT: Social". Pixabay

Intended to get right what Facebook and Twitter have so far been getting wrong, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named “WT: Social” which will compete with both the social media platforms.

Instead of going for an ad-funded model, Wales aims to finance it through donations, just like Wikipedia.

Like those platforms, WT:Social will let users share articles. But WT:Social will be funded by donations, rather than advertising.

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Like other social media platforms,Wikipedia’s WT:Social will let users share articles. Pixabay

“The business model of social media companies, of pure advertising, is problematic. It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content,” Wales was quoted as saying by Financial Times, according to an Engadget report.

It started as Wikitribune — a site that published original news stories with the community fact-checking and sub-editing articles. The venture never gained much traction, so Wales is moving it to the new platform with a more social networking focus.

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WT:Social will be free to join, but at the moment, you either have to sign up for a waitlist, donate or invite friends. Just a month old, it already has 50,000 users, the Engadget report added. (IANS)