The South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (“SABA-NJ”) is deeply troubled and disheartened
by the letters being mailed out in Edison, NJ. The letters call for the deportation of Edison
School Board candidates, Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel. The letter claims that “Chinese and Indians
are taking over our town,” the letter goes on, “Enough is enough!”
SABA-NJ strongly condemns these outright racist remarks mailed to Edison residents. We
emphasize that there is no place for racism, particularly when it calls for the deportation of
citizens of the United States, in our democracy. We recognize that these comments come from
a place of fear and anxiety; the fear that minorities may succeed and prosper, anxiety over the
inability to adapt to the new and ever-changing society we live in, and desperation because our
voices are being heard. Let us assure our Indian and Chinese community, and all of our fellow
New Jersey residents, that we will not tolerate racism and hate, and we want to change the
conversation. Therefore, we invite the person(s) who sent these letters to come forward, meet
with our leaders and become educated on just what it means to have Asian and South Asian
members in our community.
We remind everyone to be vigilant and safe. We urge all of our community members to stay
calm but continue to fight and exercise your civic duties. Our individual and collective power to
standup to racism is great. Our strength lies in our resolve and our commitment to the
fundamental values that make us all American.
Finally, we urge everyone to VOTE for their candidate of choice.
Please contact Bhaveen Jani (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sharmila Jaipersaud (email@example.com), or any
SABA-NJ Executive Board Member if you have any suggestions or questions.