Source: Sikh Sangat
On July 16, 2005 the Sikh Sangat reported, "[There are] 500,000 Sikh Americans who live in the United States... Since its founding [in northern India during the 15th century], Sikhism has grown to embrace more than 24 million followers and stands as the world's fifth largest religion. Sikhs have been in America since the early part of the last century and long before many of their American countrymen, they recognized the complete equality between men and women in all areas of political, social and religious life... 'After 9/11 there has been a lot of discrimination based on misidentity,' said Inderpal Singh [an American Sikh living in Dallas]. 'We need to tell other people who we are. We are citizens; we are as American as anybody else.'"