6. Defeating the politics of fear

Photo illustration of a collage featuring Rais Bhuiyan, an American flag, and a piece of masking tape over paper textures.

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photos: Leigh Vogel and Richard Pruitt/Getty Images

In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, a white supremacist in Dallas named Mark Stroman went on a violent spree he said was for revenge, killing two men and shooting a third, Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan, in the face.

What happened: Bhuiyan forgave Stroman, who was sentenced to death for the crimes, and has since dedicated his life to ending hate — even unsuccessfully suing the state of Texas in an attempt to stop the execution.

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