We Are All Muslims: A Sikh Response to Islamophobia in the NYPD and Beyond

Source: Huffington Post

By: musician & social justice educator

As a brown-skinned Sikh with a turban on my head and a long beard on my chin, I deal with my fair share of racist and xenophobic harassment regularly, including in my home of New York City, the most diverse city on the planet. It usually takes the form of someone yelling or perhaps mumbling at me: Osama bin Laden/terrorist/al Qaeda/he’s going to blow up the [insert location]/go back to your country/etc. Less often, someone might threaten me, get in my face, or in one case, pull off my turban on the subway.

My experience is not terribly unique for a turban-wearing Sikh in the United States. Especially since 9/11, we Sikhs have become all too familiar with racial epithets, bullying and violence. Just last month, a gurdwara in Michigan was vandalized with hostile anti-Muslim graffiti. Last year, in what we can assume was a hate attack, two elderly Sikh men were shot and killed while taking an evening walk in a quiet neighborhood in Elk Grove, Calif.

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4 Comments on “We Are All Muslims: A Sikh Response to Islamophobia in the NYPD and Beyond”

  1. Zia H. Shah
    March 14, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    Repeating from the article:

    As Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his letter from a Birmingham jail in 1963, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

  2. Shaikhmutiur Rahman Kapurthallvi
    March 14, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    OUR CJ PAKISTAN DO NOT READ THE MARTIN LUTHER KING´S Jr SAYING ” injustice anywhere is a threat to justice!
    it was the yelling during his reinstatment that
    now where is the justice for the persons who are in jails only because they uttered KALAMA before mullan nabakar, who in fact do not practice the real Islam.

  3. anwar,
    March 14, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Please, dont use non-universal terms like CJ.Means what?

    • Falak Rahman
      March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      CJ means Chief Justice

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