“People think we are Muslims”

5 Aug

“People think we are Muslims,” says Manjit Singh, a Wisconsin Sikh, reflecting on the tragic shooting of six people at a neighboring Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee. While the shooting is still under investigation, Singh reports, “Everyone here is thinking this is a hate crime for sure,” which is understandable given the rise in threats and violence against Sikh-Americans. As Pakistani-American Ravi Chawla observes, “Just because they see the turban they think you’re Taliban.”

For more on this tragedy: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/06/us/shooting-reported-at-temple-in-wisconsin.html.

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