As we begin to absorb the outcome of the election, the future of civil rights in America is different now than it was yesterday. As I pause to reflect, I’m reminded of Guru Tegh Bahadur’s message that we must continue to “fear none, frighten none.”
Racism, intolerance and xenophobia were cornerstones of this election cycle. Now we must grapple with a future that threatens to compromise the progress we have achieved over the last 15 years.
We understand that many families and communities are scared and anxious about their safety. We urge every Sikh American to exercise extra vigilance and caution during this period of heightened vulnerability. If you have been a victim of hate violence or received threats of violence, please call law enforcement immediately. In addition, please contact the Sikh Coalition at 212-655-3095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continue to provide free legal assistance to Sikhs who have experienced backlash and discrimination. While we cannot accept all cases, our legal team conducts dozens of intakes every year related to profiling, discrimination and hate violence. While we pray that you never need these resources, we want you to know that we are here to provide them in the event that you do.
We also urge community members to review our FAQ guide on hate crimes, hate speech and on how to report incidents to authorities and the Sikh Coalition. Please also view our printable hate crime poster, which is available in both English and Punjabi. Additionally, the Sikh Coalition continues to provide educational brochures that quickly introduce non-Sikhs to the Sikh faith and community. This resource is available in 15 different languages. To get copies, please email email@example.com.
Moving forward, consistent with Sikh values, we must continue to find ways to treat each other with respect and dignity as we confront this new chapter in American history. Some of these new challenges will be difficult and there will be days when this work is hard, but I’m buoyed by the fact that we have been through tough times before and our enduring shared resilience and optimism can never be defeated.
Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” I believe this to be true and trust that our fight for civil rights and our pursuit of sarbat da bhala (the prosperity of all mankind) will be realized.
In Chardi Kala,
Executive Director, The Sikh Coalition
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