Skip to comments.Boston bombings: Sikh community in US concerned over backlash
Posted on 04/19/2013 9:49:05 PM PDT by Jyotishi
Washington - Sikh Americans expressed concern over the possible backlash against the community in the aftermath of the twin bomb blasts in Boston marathon early this week.
Having a bitter experience after 9/11 and a target of hate crime, Sikh leaders urged the community to be careful and vigilant against any violence directed against them.
"In the past, any terrorist action which resulted in American lives, have led to negative impact and violence on the Sikhs who are often targeted due to their conspicuous appearance," said Dr Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education.
"Many Sikh places of worship have been vandalised and attacked in the aftermath of 9/11 and we fear that the Boston tragedy might trigger another wave of reaction against members of the Sikh community," Singh said.
"The Sikh community joins Americans of all backgrounds in expressing our profound condolences and sympathies to the people of Boston, and the participants of the Boston Marathon, after the horrific and tragic bomb attacks that killed and injured so many people," he said.
The Boston bombing, he said, has shocked the Sikh community which is still recovering from the attack at the Wisconsin Sikh Temple a few months ago.
"We feel the pain and suffering of the victims in Boston," Singh added.
"We are requesting everyone, Sikhs and Non-Sikhs, to come together and hold vigilance to show our resolve and solidarity with those killed and injured," said Inderpal Singh Gadh, chairman of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, a Sikh center in Rockville.
Sikh leaders said this is a time for the community to pull together.
"We are asking all members of the Sikh community to be vigilant. We are urging all Sikh Gurdwaras (temples) to review their security procedures and to be in contact with their local police departments, possibly to request additional patrols," he said.
Meanwhile, many mosques all over the US held special prayers services for the victims of the Boston terrorist bombings. The prayer services were held in congregation during the early yesterday afternoon Sabbath services.
"American Muslim leadership must break this cycle of terrorism, demonisation and more terrorism. Islamophobic media bashing and school bullying is making the Muslim students depressed and angry and a few can resort to violence," said Dr Shaik Ubaid, the New York Co-chair of Muslim Peace coalition USA.
"American foreign policy of waging unjustified war is also a major contributing factor. The Muslim leadership must put in place programs to teach American youth peaceful ways of showing dissent," he said.
Rajwant Singh is a fake, phony fraud and a sellout, but he’s absolutely right on this.
Taking cues from Al Sharpton?
He can always go back to the sick bay.
I’ve never understand how anyone could confuse the two. You’d have to be REALLY stupid. But then again, look how many folks vote democRAT.
Who is more in danger of being attacked, a member of the Sikh religion in America, or anyone being white and in a black neighborhood, or in any area where a lot of blacks are present?
I was thinking the same...hard to mix up.
Are they Illegal? then bust em!
If not they are welcome to be Americans and live life!
Thats all Americans ask for life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But you freakin immigrants give us death injury and strife!
Go the Blink home!
After 9/11, there were numerous attacks on Sikhs by semi-literate people who thought they were Muslims. One Sikh gas station owner was murdered because of it.
The Sikhs are fine, loyal warriors. They hate moslems. They’re among the few who may enter the Queen’s presence with a weapon.
I’d rather have a Sikh covering my back that an uninformed bigoted troll.
Better yet. Go down to one of those Muslim neighborhoods in Dearborn Michigan and wear a t-shirt with a cross in front a see if you come out in one piece. This whining happened after 9-11 and the liberal press feeds on it like ravenous beasts.
Most of my classmates back in HS (Canada) were Sikhs and Punjabis. Until today, we call and FB each other. I agree, You really have to be a moron to know the difference. And the I;m not making this up: the Sikhs/Punjabis WREAK OF CURRY. I swear it’s like they paint the walls of their houses with it. It took me years not to eat in an Indian resto..
Curries are damned tasty!
Yours is a much better point/example.
How many Sikhs have been slaughtered in India at the hands of Muslims?
Not sure I buy their paranoia, but he’s right - it’d be a shame if this reflected in any way on the Sikhs, who, unlike the Moslems, are a peaceful, educated, positive, and sociable element in American society.
Sikhs tend to be loyal citizens.
To not be in danger all that a white person needs to do is not go to a Black neighbourhood. What is a Sikh or Indian in US going to do? Not go to an American neighbourhood?
You might have posted that on the wrong thread, check your thread title again.
bump - what you said.
How about we get back to the values upon which our great country was founded? That is our only salvation.
Gee, what a blanket and ignorant statement ... see post #13
...a peaceful, educated, positive, and sociable element in American society.
But they are some damned fine fighers.
Sikhs are not endanger in America, do you think that a “lot” of attacks are directed at them? Even when they are dressed up in their costumes?
Who do you think gets attacked more, whites just for being white, or Sikhs who are wearing the garb, or Muslims who are wearing the garb, or Orthodox Jews who are wearing the garb?
The point is that you would think the Sikhs would be more concerned with radical Muslims than Americans.
How many Sikhs have you met?
Yes, time and time again throughout history, the Sikhs, like the Gurkhas, have proven themselves to be a formidable fighting force.
Forgo the turban for a week, and wear a Darth Vader helmet.
I lived among Sikhs in kommiefornistan. They were definitely not Christian.
So while living in “California” you were cool with the homosexuals and extreme left wing liberals. But you had no patience for those damned Sikhs.
At least the Hollyweird elite threw some good parties. It almost made dealing with the Sikhs worth the effort.
See post #28.
The Bible has guidelines on how to treat foreigners, to which we should abide. The last thing you need to worry about, from a real Sikh, is any intent on harming you. You could walk through a Sikh neighborhood at 2am and come out unharmed.
***Id rather have a Sikh covering my back that an uninformed bigoted troll.***
Indira Ghandi was murdered by her Sikh bodyguards after she had the army attack the Golden Shrine in Amritsar.
I’d rather have them as a friend than an enemy.
That is all, just don't move around freely, be real careful about getting out of your place?
Mississippi is almost 40% black, care to draw up a safe areas shopping, eating, best friends and family living, bus riding, work area, house buying, apartment renting map for non-black Mississippians, and then explain to them why they better not get out of the 'approved' areas, the vets would probably especially love to have you explain that to them.
Do you just tell your black friends and family that you can't visit them?
How many Christians have you met?
You don’t have to be a Christian to be an American.
Can I get an Amen?!!
Thats for the Sikhs to say so. And neither are whites.
“Who do you think gets attacked more”
Sikhs do.... If you take into account their tiny miniscule number in the US.
Like I said.... you don't want to be attacked, all you have to do is not go into that neighbourhood. Sikhs don't have that luxury.
And your point is?
Oh, I get you now, but still, this is about Americans, Sikh and non-Sikh, not India.
That guy was a Khalistani paid tool in the hands of Pakistan. Not the best example of a Sikh. There are far better examples among Sikhs.
According to former Member of Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann, a million have been murdered by the Hindu regime and its allies since 1982.
And that’s where you’re wrong. It’s one of those things if you’ve got to ask you’ll never get it.