Identifying Sikhs

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 12:55 pm

The carnage that erupted over the weekend at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin is the latest stitch in a very long pattern of alienation and hostility that has befallen Sikh Americans. Jeers and harassment, violent attacks, and hateful political rhetoric have all woven a mesh of fear and muted outrage around the country’s burgeoning Sikh community. The explanations for such a targeted and ferocious attack (which have been linked to white supremacist ideology) aren’t rational, can’t easily be boiled down to simple ignorance. But many are delicately rethinking how cultural perception shapes attitudes toward the Other.

 

The Sikh Temple Shooting and How We Regard Violence by Lone Gunmen

By: Monday August 6, 2012 3:32 pm

A white supremacist named Wade Michael Page opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on Sunday and killed six worshippers, so how did media handle it? The tension over whether this was “domestic terrorism” or a hate crime or neither appeared on air as CNN host Don Lemon tried to hush Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, who attempted to place what had happened in the context of prior vigilante-type attacks against Sikhs after the September 11th attacks.

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Terrorism

By: Monday August 6, 2012 7:40 am

US agencies have been ignoring evidence of right wing and supremacist links to domestic terrorism ever since a DHS report pointed out the growing risk. The latest killings at the Sikh temple is likely to bring forth the same right wing reactions. TBogg reminds us what happened back in 2009.

Gunman in Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting Suspected as a White Supremacist

By: Monday August 6, 2012 6:59 am

The nation witnessed another incident of right-wing domestic terrorism yesterday, when a suspected white supremacist killed 7 people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. This is only the latest in the suffering of the Sikh-American community in the United States, which has endured discrimination for over 10 years since 9-11.

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