March 5, 2019 (New York, NY) – The Sikh Coalition is excited to announce that CBS’s Religion and Culture documentary series will feature the Sikh community and examine religious-based bullying in schools. The 30-minute episode is scheduled to begin airing in regional media markets and across digital platforms on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
The CBS special, “Religion & Identity in Young America,” conducted multiple Sikh interviews – including with a family that faced bullying, current Junior Sikh Coalition students, a Sikh psychologist and a New Jersey Sikh community leader. The CBS production team also spent a day filming Khalsa school students from the Guru Nanak Mission Gurudwara in Oakland, New Jersey and separately filmed Jewish and Muslim students for the episode.
“Sikh children are bullied at rates up to two times greater than the national average,” said Sikh Coalition Executive Director Satjeet Kaur. “This national CBS documentary emphasizing the Sikh perspective will drive the goals of ending school bullying and building greater inclusivity in our classrooms.”
The episode, expected to air regionally across the United States, will deepen the conversation about the impact of bullying and the work being done within the Sikh community to collectively combat the problem.
In January 2019, the Sikh Coalition directly pitched CBS with this idea and has been supporting their production team with background resource material and facilitating all of the Sikh interviews. Building off the momentum of last year’s work with CNN’s Emmy Award-winning show, United Shades of America
, and the 2016 Sikh-focused segment in Comedy Central’s The Daily Show
, the Sikh Coalition continues to reach national audiences with the goal of educating the larger American public about the Sikh community. This CBS project is part of a multi-year campaign to raise Sikh awareness and include the Sikh perspective nationwide.
“Religion & Identity in Young America” will begin airing in regional media markets across the United States on March 31st. At that time, it will also be available to watch on digital platforms. We will provide more details in the coming weeks.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.