The post 9/11 prejudice that menaces American Sikhs
originally by: Amardeep Singh – Guardian Comment
published: 6 August 2012
“I was born and raised in this country. I played little league baseball. My Mom was a soccer mom. I’m a diehard Yankees fan. I’m an American”.
As an American Sikh, this was my most “quotable quote” in the news media during the year or so after 9/11. Those words worked well for reporters or producers framing hate crimes stories back then as “crimes of ignorance” against a small, misunderstood minority.
So why, almost 11 years later, in the wake of Sunday’s shootings at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, do I find myself uttering those words again to reporters?
Across the country, Sikh Americans are asking themselves similar questions as they are once again pressed to explain themselves to the public. One would hope that almost 11 years after that fateful day, and more than 100 years after Sikhs came to the United States, there would be a better understanding of Sikhs and their contributions to America’s well-being.
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