Sikhs Under Wrath of Hate & Fear

Standing up for Sikhs means standing up against right-wing violence

March 7, 2017

Picture by: Jasleen_kaur (CC BY:SA 2.0)
Picture by: Jasleen_kaur (CC BY:SA 2.0)

Less than two weeks apart from each other, two Sikh men were shot by attackers with hateful and racist intentions. On Friday night, an Indian Sikh man was shot and wounded outside his home in Seattle, Washington by an attacker who told him to “go back to your country.”

Sikh Americans have suffered the most in this country since September 11th. There have been over 300 hate crimes targeting Sikhs since then, with many more unreported, as a result of the ongoing xenophobic sentiment in America. It is crucial that we continue to support and stand with the Sikh community as they face these violent tragedies. Whether these attacks are a result of Islamophobia or hate against Sikhs, the issue stems from the same roots: bigotry and fear. Anti-immigrant rhetoric translates to the possibility of death for many Americans.

Police in Seattle are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. MPAC demands that the federal government bring the culprits of these crimes to justice. Hate crime prevention must become a priority in this country. In order to do this, we cannot ignore where these attacks are coming from: right-wing violent extremism.

 

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