Transcript of Nina Timani, a Hate Crime Victim

Transcript of Nina Timani, a Hate Crime Victim

On October 2, 2006, I became a victim of a hate crime. I never knew what a hate crime was. If you’re not a victim of a hate crime, you tend to distance yourself from it and say, it can never happen to me and, you know, just happens to someone else, not me; and unfortunately for the victim of a hate crime, unless you get shot to death or stabbed, people tend to trivialize your feelings.

On October 2, 2006, one of my employees sent me a very, very hurtful letter at my office where she tended to say that...remember 9/11, you and your kids we’ll tie to the fence and you will die. So my first reaction was to call the police department of the city which I reside in, and they pretty much told me that if I wasn’t shot or dead, there’s not much they can do for me.

I had to follow the system, because either I take matters in my own hand and I do my own detective work which ultimately could lead “me” to go to jail, or I reach out to what I then perceived was the enemy, which was the Federal Bureau of Investigation. So I had no choice but to turn to them, and the reason I say that they are the enemy...it’s not because they have harmed me or any of my family personally, it’s just because there, where I come from, in our ethnic background, we see their equivalent in our countries and where you go in you don’t come out; and I said to them please help me, please help me and my kids because we are your citizens too, and I defied my family’s morals; and you know, my husband didn’t want me to go public for fear of my losing my life, literally, so I defied all that, and I had to do what I had to do for my kids and I went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and I used the system, and I can hold my head up high to my kids today; and as you can see, I’m not handcuffed.

On October 2, 2006, I was a hate crime victim. I survived my hate crime. The pain will still be with me for a long, long time; but my healing process is that of reaching out to others and letting them know they’re not alone.