An internal email from the UMass Dartmouth chancellor alerted me to this story. The victim was a graduate student at my university. He was beaten, burned with cigarettes, stuffed in the trunk of a car, robbed and stabbed. Why? He was of Indian ancestry. His assailants thought he belonged to the Muslim faith. Is this the sort of thing I can look forward to with my family, who are middle-eastern and my daughters, who also inherited the ancestry.
And what about people who really are Muslims? I'll bet more than a few out there reading this story are thinking that the attackers only mistake was their stupidity in finding a non-Muslim. Some are likely thinking, "Well, close enough for government work."
The men initially wanted to rob Bhalerao, but started assaulting him thinking he was a Muslim. They continued to beat him even as he tried to explain that he was a Hindu. “They were telling him he should go back to Iraq,” Mr Souza said.
At the moment, I am at a loss for further words on this subject.