Sikh professor attacked in New York in alleged hate crime

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    Sikh professor attacked in New York in alleged hate crime

    Teenagers yelled racist slurs such as 'attack Osama' and assaulted prominent Sikh advocate Prabhjot Singh


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    NEW YORK -- A Columbia University professor was attacked by a group of 15 to 20 young men on bicycles Saturday in Harlem in an alleged hate crime against Sikhs.

    Police said one of the men pulled Prabhjot Singh's beard while the teenagers yelled "get Osama" and "terrorist." Singh, who wears a turban and is a public advocate for interfaith dialogue, was kicked several times to the body and face.

    "There were about 20 of them," Singh said. "A few surrounded me, started punching me and pulling my beard." He was hospitalized for his injuries and received surgery for a possible fracture in his left jaw, according to a statement.

    Amardeep Singh, program director of the Sikh Coalition, a national advocacy organization founded after 9/11, said the incident is a part of systematic discrimination against Sikhs in the United States.

    "What happened did not happen in a vacuum," he said. "Here in New York City, we regularly receive reports that Sikh school children are called 'bin Laden' or 'terrorist' by classmates and sometimes endure physical violence."

    Sikhs have suffered from a spate of attacks in recent years based on prejudices against their religion. A recent Stanford University survey showed that 70 percent of turban wearers in the U.S. are misidentified as Muslim (48 percent), Hindu, Buddhist or Shinto.

    Sikhism is a monotheistic religion founded in the Punjab region of India in the late 15th century and has no ties to Islam.
    The study, titled "Turban Myths," also found that nearly half of all Americans believe that the Sikh faith is a sect of Islam, and even more people associate the turban with Osama bin Laden than with other Muslim or Sikh figures.

    "Unfortunately our research confirms that Prabhjot's experience is not the resulted of isolated misperception and intolerance," said Jasjit Singh, executive director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the sponsor of the Stanford study.

    The results help explain the long list of hate crimes against the Sikh population since Sept. 11, 2001.

    Two elderly Sikhs were gunned down in Elk Grove, California in April 2011. A Sikh subway worker was assaulted in New York City in June 2011. A cab driver was attacked in Seattle, Wash. in Oct. 2012, and, in Aug. 2012, a white supremacist shot dead six Sikh worshippers at a temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., in what the Sikh Coalition says is "one of the worst attacks on an American place of worship since the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church," referring to the attack in Birmingham, Alabama.

    In response to the attack, the Sikh Coalition spearheaded a U.S. Senate hearing on hate crimes, where it demanded the government set up a task force to help prevent such tragedies from happening again, similar to the Clinton administration's efforts in reaction to a series of arson attacks on black churches in the South in the 1990s.

    But officials' support remains elusive, policy advocates say.

    "Where is the indignation, where is the outrage? Where is the presidential task force to address post-9/11 violence?" Rajdeep Singh, director of law and policy at the Sikh Coalition, told Al Jazeera.

    In June, the FBI decided to track hate crimes against Sikhs specifically instead of lumping them together with other religious hate crimes. But even though the measure represents a step in the right direction, policy advocates said it stops short of addressing the underlying problem.

    "It is great the FBI has started tracking Sikhs, because it will give us numbers going forward, but it doesn't prevent these crimes from happening," Anisha Singh, policy advocate at UNITED SIKHS, an advocacy organization, told Al Jazeera.

    "In order to do that, we need to actively educate Americans what Sikhism is and how it is a different religion from what they are confusing us with."

    Sikh volunteers are taking on the problem by conducting surveys among high school students in states such as Mississippi, Tennessee and Massachusetts, where bullying has been rampant compared to national averages. They're also raising awareness about the issue by talking to state and federal politicians.
    According to a SALDEF survey among Sikh American students in Southern California, 67 percent of Sikh American children were bullied or harassed within the last school year, and 31 percent have been threatened with physical violence or harm.

    Sikh professor attacked in New York in alleged hate crime | Al Jazeera America

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    This is very unfortunate.

    The Americans somehow do not display the curiosity to know about other people and hence cannot differentiate between Sikhs or Arabs and feel anyone who wears a turban and sports a beard is an Arab and hence Osama and hence a terrorist.

    Too many Sikhs are being targeted and killed or injured because of the mistaken belief that they are Arabs and so by association, terrorists.

    All this Inter Faith meetings etc will not change the situation and,in fact, apparently are turning out to be cosmetic props.

    Therefore, one has to be practical and establish a distinct identity with distinct style of attire and deportment.

    One way to avoid mistakes like this is to not keep beards unruly and flowing like Osama and instead keep it tucked neatly as is done in the Army. Some flowing beard, especially the real long ones, do give an untidy look and attracts unnecessary attention.

    Also the turban could be neat and well tied as it is done by most Sikhs here and in the Army and not look like a wrap around, which too can be mistaken by the unlettered to be an Arab turban.

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    Arab Man In Traditional Turban Keffi

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    Image Sikh with turban

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    Note the neat turban and beard tucked in!

    They would not attract adverse attention and instead would be taken to be responsible citizens of the society and acknowledged so with pride!




    Now compare the British Army Sikh soldiers

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    Compare the soldiers.



    Then compare them with the Indian soldiers above.

    The point is that a scruffy look does not encourage confidence and people with prejudices seize the occasion to give vent to their impotent frustrations.
     
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    Where is the identification of the race of the teenage attackers in the article? Why was it not specified? What do you think their race is? Where the outrage when Jews in Washington Heights have their beards pulled?
     
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    Surveillance video of assault. Comments disabled so viewers can't make observations about attackers .
     
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    Last major attack on Sikhs (If you remember since you tried to hide it under carpet as just another incident) were inside Gurudwara and the attackers were WHITE AMERICANS.

    What if the attackers were Blacks/Hispanics etc? There are enough WHITE SUPREMACIST RADICALS in US if you are trying to forget.

    Wade Michael Page (November 11, 1971 – August 5, 2012)[37] was an American white supremacist then living in Cudahy, Wisconsin.[38] Page was born and grew up in Colorado.[39] He served in the U.S. Army from April 1992 through October 1998,[40][41] before being forced out by a general discharge.[22] In the Army, Page had learned to repair the Hawk missile system, before becoming a psychological operations specialist.[22][42] He was demoted and received a general discharge[22] for "patterns of misconduct," including being drunk while on duty and going absent without leave.

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    SIKH TEMPLE ATTACK UNITED VICTIM'S SON, EX-RACIST

    In this July 31, 2013, photo, Pardeep Kaleka, right, and Arno Michaelis pose for a photo at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis. At left is a bullet hole from a shooting at the temple a year ago when a white supremacist shot and killed six temple members, including Kaleka's father, Satwant Singh Kaleka. Michaelis, a former skinhead, reached out to Kaleka after the shooting and since then the pair have formed an unlikely alliance, teaming up to preach a message of peace throughout Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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    americans are dumb and racists :sick:

    god darned white apes
     
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    Few white apes in Harlem, dude.
     
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    You are hysterical and as incoherent as hello_10.
     
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    Mr. Singh fails to understand that blacks cannot commit a hate crime in the US. Only whites in US commit hate crimes. Everybody on DFI knows that.

    If Obama had sons, they would look like the Harlem attackers of the Sikh guy.

    It's pathetic that this news story of this attack by blacks on a Sikh results in outrage and hateful rants against white Americans.

    But that's the way DFI rolls.:yuno:
     
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    Too late. :pokerface:
     
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    ok then lets wait until the attackers are caught.
     
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    You FAILED to understand the meaning just like W.G.Ewald did last time by ignoring these hate crimes.
     
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    Doesn't matter which race are they.
     
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    A Bin Laden-themed Halloween costume is 'insulting', says Sikh community and forces Walmart to remove it from website | Mail Online
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    Why is it that the blacks are shielded so bad?

    Because they were persecuted centuries ago so they are allowed to do the same?
     
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    They are now a "protected class", particularly with the news media; in fact. It is not to their advantage, as most crime by blacks is against blacks.
     
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