He was no hero, either
The Nov. 22 news article “Remote tribe in India kills American” reported the death of John Allen Chau at North Sentinel Island but glossed over his blatant transgression and racism as fearless missionary work. The truth is that Chau not only illegally approached the island but also used his status and money to push several local fishermen into crime and persistently imposed himself on the Sentinelese people. He was not motivated by faith but by blatant racism, referring in his diaries to the island as “Satan’s last stronghold.” He also did not “try to speak their language” as the article claimed, but yelled something in Xhosa, a South African language. Yes, a South African language, which, by the way, Chau didn’t speak. Some have already rightly condemned Chau for his selfish, reckless and arrogant transgression. Reports should not gloss over his blatant racism and effrontery under the guise of bravery, adventure or — worse yet — faith. Amin Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Berkeley, Calif.