Sikhs and Hindus Experience Backlash After 7/7 London Bombings

September 5, 2005

Source: The Guardian

On September 5, 2005 The Guardian reported, "If you travel on London's public-transport system you may have spotted them: stickers and T-shirts with 'Don't freak, I'm a Sikh' written across them. On the tube, they tend to be greeted with wry smiles, but they have sparked heated debate on Sikh online message boards. 'Don't wear these T-shirts[;] they're anti-Muslim,' writes one contributor. 'We should wear the T-shirts,' says another. 'We need to think of ourselves first - let the Muslims take care of themselves.'

In the weeks following July 7 it was widely reported that hate crimes against Asians had increased dramatically. They were not just attacks on Muslim Asians, of course: they were attacks on Asians of all faiths. The fact is that your average hate-crime perpetrator isn't going to stop and ask what religion you are before attacking you - or even care, for that matter, about such distinctions. But this point seems to have been lost on the media. There's been a huge focus on the impact on Britain's Muslim community, but the plight of Britain's 560,000 Hindus and 340,000 Sikhs has been largely ignored."