"And wearing a rag on ones head helps law enforcement exactly how ...?"
"If these non-western immigrants want to benefit from life in the West, they need to follow the regulations."
These comments indicate that bigotry is still alive in the United States. These are direct reactions by members of the public to the Sikh Coalition’s work. They are only two of hundreds of hateful comments directed at Sikhs that have appeared on the internet.
But it gets much worse. Sometimes elected public officials express hate against anyone wearing a turban:
“This [G]oyle character is just another ‘turban topper’ we don’t need in [C]ongress or any political office that deals with the U.S. Constitution, Christianity and the United States of America!!!”
"[a] f ---ing raghead… [w]e got a raghead in Washington; we don’t need one in South Carolina…"
These comments don’t deter us. They motivate us to fight for a world that accepts and celebrates all humanity. We hope these words motivate you to support the Sikh Coalition’s groundbreaking work to educate the world about our community.
It doesn’t end here. This year we launched a website called UnheardVoicesof911.org to promote dialogue on how 9/11 impacted our communities. While many of our fellow Americans supported our efforts, some reacted this way:
"Blend in or buzz off. Leave your country a better life, leave your past life behind...you chose to move, now adapt to us. If we would move to your country, we would have to ride a camel also...........stop whining."
If you share our belief that the Sikh American community is here to stay and that we need to educate society on who we are, please contribute to our end-of-year fundraising campaign today.
Your contribution will ensure that the Sikh Coalition continues to be a leading force for equality and unity for all people in the United States.