Sikhism

In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence (September 17 - October)

September 18, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 18, 2001, The New York Times reported that "A continuing wave of attacks yesterday on Muslims, Sikhs and others who appear to be Middle Eastern brought condemnation from President Bush and murder charges against an Arizona man accused in a weekend shooting that has been deemed a hate killing." (See more extensive coverage of the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh from Arizona, below.) The article reported on ongoing threats and attacks, including an attack on an Islamic Center in a suburb of Cleveland; the incident...

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Editorials Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating: (Sept 17 - October)

September 18, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/opinions/articles/0918prothero18.html

On September 18, 2001, The Arizona Republic published Steven Prothero's editorial, "Intolerance deeply rooted in ignorance of religions." It read, in part: "Times like these no doubt call for tolerance. All Americans need to be reminded that we are a nation not only of immigrants but also of religions, that Muslims and Sikhs are as welcome here as are...

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American Sikhs Face Threats and Violence

September 18, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 18, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published the article "'Turban doesn't equal terrorism,' say area Sikhs." The article begins, "Their faiths could not be more different. Yet Sikhs, who like some Arabs wear turbans, have become the innocent victims of anti-Muslim violence following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington....'It seems the disaster let loose a special form of racism that kind of whispers in your ear that it's OK to beat up a stranger simply because he speaks with...

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U.S. Sikhs Ask for Unity, Work for Increased Understanding

September 17, 2001

Source: Sikh Network

On September 17, 2001, a coalition of American Sikh organizations issued a statement entitled: "Balbir Singh Sodhi Murdered: Sikh-Americans Plead With The Media And Law Enforcement to Increase Public Awareness About Hate Crimes Against The Sikhs." This statement read in part: "On September 15, 2001 America saw its first fatality of the present crisis that was not caused by foreign terrorists. It was the result of one of many hate crimes, which have been rampant since the terrorist attacks last Tuesday. Balbir Singh Sodhi, an American of Sikh...

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Increasing Intolerance in US

September 17, 2001

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/09/16/gen.hate.crimes/index.html

On September 17, 2001, CNN reported that "Reports of hate crimes against Muslims and southeast Asians have risen exponentially across the U.S. in the wake of Tuesday's terror attacks." These attacks included some 300 reported attacks against Muslims; the firebombing of a Hindu temple in Matawan, New Jersey; and over 100 attacks against Sikhs, including an Arizona murder that may have been a hate...

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