Between the devastating, unabating consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and protests against the racism entrenched deeply in American institutions, this is a summer unlike any other, and it demands thoughtful, rigorous coverage. In our June and July issues, we have our usual mix of food, fashion and lifestyle pieces, but we haven’t shied away from tougher subjects.
We recently profiled Detroit Public Schools teacher Sneha Rathi, who believes “our community has a responsibility to support not only the Black Lives Matter movement, but also actively support Black communities.” In a separate essay for the Indian SCENE, physician Asha Shajahan suggests we might begin to do this by first recognizing our debt to Black activists of the Civil Rights Movement, who by “insist[ing] on an integrated and diverse America,” helped open the door to generations of Asian immigrants, “a debt which can never be repaid.” I’m glad to have begun these conversations in our publication, and we’d certainly like to continue them; if you’re interested in writing about Indian-Americans’ responsibility to the cause of racial justice or have ideas for how we might cover the subject, please be in touch.
I know this time of year is usually spent at graduation parties, weddings, concerts and with people we instead may not see in-person for a while. “I can’t verbally express to you how much I miss home,” one Illinois resident stuck in India told the Indian SCENE. There’s so much I miss, too.
With questions or feedback, contact us at email@example.com. We’re also always considering ideas and submissions for reported pieces, cultural criticism and timely, well-researched commentary relevant to metro-Detroit’s Indian-American community.