Another racist incident has been reported in the United States, in which, Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapala claimed that she has been receiving abusive and hate messages over the phone from a male caller who asked her to go back to India, according to news agency PTI.
Jayapal, a 55-years-old first-ever-Indian American Congresswoman, represents Seattle in the US House of Representatives.
Chennai-born woman, Jayapal posted a collection of five audio messages on Twitter on Thursday. In all such audio messages, the male caller is heard threatening her with dire consequences and asked to go back to her country–India. A few portions of these audios have been redacted due to abusive content.
Taking to Twitter, the Indian American Congresswoman said, “Typically, political figures don’t show their vulnerability. I chose to do so here because we cannot accept violence as our new norm. We also cannot accept the racism and sexism that underlies and propels so much of this violence.”
“A man full of racism and anger showed up at my home with a loaded gun. I’m sharing this because we can’t be silent in the face of rising violence. These aren’t isolated incidents. From the Big Lie to Jan 6 to an armed man at my door, too much is at stake,” she further tweeted.
A man with a pistol threatened the Congresswoman’s house in Seattle. The man, identified by police as Brett Forsell (49), was later arrested.
Prior to this, four Indian American women on August 26 were racially abused by a Mexican American woman in Texas who hurled abusive racial comments at them. The Texas woman said that they are “ruining America” and should “go back to India“. This incident took place in a parking lot in Dallas, Texas. The woman, identified as Esmeralda Upton, was later arrested.