One of Vanita Gupta’s earliest memories involved what some might consider a hate crime.
Gupta was born in Philadelphia in the mid-1970s to immigrants from India. Before her fifth birthday, Gupta’s parents had temporarily plucked her and an older sister out of the City of Brotherly Love, so their father could take a job in the U.K.
They arrived in England shortly after the election of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who had exploited Britons’ fear of immigrants in her rise to power. England’s racist skinhead movement was surging.
“There were skinheads sitting next to us [at a McDonald’s] and sort of flicking french fries at me and my grandmother and my mom and sister,” Gupta recently said in a sit-down interview with Mic. “They were yelling at us, ‘Go home Pakis! Get out of this country!’” Gupta recalled. “Paki” is a slur against South Asians.
More than 35 years later, Gupta has embarked on a career as a civil rights lawyer in the United States, has overseen racial justice cases at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and has served as head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Her time at the DOJ ended after two years, with the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January. Trump’s rise to power has been accompanied by a spike in hatreddirected at immigrants and Muslims, including members of Gupta’s family in suburban Pennsylvania. Things have come full circle for Gupta, and now she’s in a position to be part of the resistance. Read more (6/9/17)
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Here’s everything I’ve written in The X-Files universe, gathered in one place for your reading convenience. I’ll add to it as I write more. If you prefer to do your reading on AO3, you can find me here, under the same username!
Ripper Weather Rating: NC-17 Word Count: 27K Timeline: Early Season Six Summary: Mulder and Scully return to the City of Brotherly Love to help catch a murderer who’s taking his inspiration from the most famous serial killer of all time.
Au Cafe Pequod Universe Rating: NC-17 for “Au Cafe Pequod” and “D’un Nouvel Oeil;” PG for the three sequels Word Count: 107K Timeline: Alternate universe (though, contrary to popular belief, that’s NOT what the “Au” in the title stands for!). The story begins in France in 1943. Summary: This story takes place in France, during WWII. Mulder is a disillusioned German soldier with a dark and painful past, and Scully is a French cafe owner with a dangerous secret. Au Cafe Pequod D’un Nouvel Oeil (same story, Scully’s POV) Les Nouveaux Arrivants
La Guerre Après La Guerre (part one | part two) Souviens-Toi BONUS: Go here to see the AMAZING video created by @mulderswaterbed, whose wonderful concept was the jumping-off point for the entire series!
Between Sorrow and Bliss Rating: M Word Count: 30K Timeline: Cancer arc Summary: Told in a series of “in between” scenes, this is the story of a year- more or less- in the life of Mulder and Scully, as they cope with her cancer diagnosis, the forces responsible, and their growing feelings for one another.
The Saga of the Broken Vibrator Rating: NC-17. Clearly. Word Count: 7K Timeline: Not really important, but probably fifth or sixth season. Summary: It started as a prompt (“I’ll buy you a new one, just stop pouting!”) and a joke (“What if it was about a vibrator?”), and then took on a life of its own, turning into something a little awkward, a little sweet, and all together ridiculous.
She’s Beauty, She’s Grace Rating: M for Chapter Nine only Word Count: 34K Timeline: Post-Tithonus Summary: In response to a request, this is a mashup of TXF and Miss Congeniality, that got out of hand and turned into a much longer piece than anticipated or intended.
Reminiscence Rating: PG-13 Word Count: 25K Timeline: Revival Summary: Mulder wakes one morning to find that Scully has disappeared, and is told- by those he trusts- that she has been dead for over twenty years. All of the evidence- and even Mulder’s own memories- seem to back it up. But is it true? Or can Mulder not trust anyone- himself included?
What Was Taken, What Was Lost Rating: M Word Count: 26K Timeline: Season Five, post-Emily Summary: Mulder and Scully, still reeling from the events of Christmas, 1997, go undercover as a honeymooning couple at a romantic retreat in upstate New York to investigate a series of suspicious suicides and accidental deaths.