"Identity Politics" Lesson for a Young Sikh American

October 30, 2001

Source: ABC News.com


On October 30, 2001 ABC News.com featured the story "Bias Fallout: How One Sikh-American Learned a Hard Lesson in Identity Politics." The article described the decision of a young Sikh man to cut his hair after being attacked in the backlash that followed September 11. The article continued, "It's difficult to tell if the cause for the 20-year-old's obvious distress is the harassment he faced on the streets of Brooklyn, or the shearing of his locks, or just the burden of having to put up with the wrath of his family and community. But whatever the cause, Singh's distress is genuine and his remorse real."