Sikhs in Espanola, New Mexico Respond

November 18, 2001

Source: The Denver Post,1002,6439~229440,00.html

On November 18, 2001, The Denver Post reported, "Sikhs face misplaced anger: Group at temple in New Mexico still fears backlash." This article focuses on the Espanola Sikh community, Sikh Dharma, which includes a large number of U.S.-born converts to Sikhism. The article noted that amidst fears of backlash and profiling is the goal of education. "The Sikhs have taken their concerns about harassment to the federal government, which has been responsive, said Avtar Hari Singh Khalsa, a former Hollywood television executive...'They want to understand, and we don't want them to waste their resources,' he said. 'Every minute they spend dealing with people who have nothing to do with anything is a minute they lose in dealing with the criminals.'"