Hari Sreenivasan

The True American

In ‘The True American,’ victim of attempted murder tries to save attacker

I tried to embed the video here, didn’t work. Watch it, it’s an amazing segment.

If you could face the man who tried to kill you, what would you do? A new book, “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a U.S. immigrant from Bangladesh, who was shot in the face in Texas by a man trying to avenge the 9/11 attacks. Hari Sreenivasan talks to author Anand Giridharadas about Bhuiyan’s campaign to save Mark Stroman from execution.

This was a brilliant segment and once I got over Anand’s hair and listened to him I realized that this story isn’t just about how an ignorant American went on a rampage against south Asians with beards but about the fact that there is a class of Americans who are living in third world conditions inside the United States. No doubt this has always been but as the global village gets more connected and comfortable together, this class of Americans is being left out.

The fact that the person who made that observation is a Bangladeshi-American who came to this country from one of the poorest countries on earth and worked his way up is mind blowing. It’s also a great comment on how far we’ve come, leaving the Mark Stromans behind that the person who wrote the book documenting this is Anand Giridharadas, an American born journalist (New York Times, among others) of south Asian decent and he’s being interviewed by Hari Sreenivasan, an anchor on the PBS NewsHour, also of south Asian decent.