In recent weeks, there has been an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric throughout the nation and a violent assault on a Muslim cab driver in New York. In light of these troubling developments, the Sikh Coalition reminds the Sikh community to take precautions:
(1) Review Personal Safety Tips
(2) Know What to Do in Case of an Emergency
Checklist for Hate Crime Victims
- Asian American Justice Center
(3) Be Proactive
Pitch positive stories about Sikhs to your local media outlets. Education is the most powerful weapon against bias and ignorance, and local newspapers and television channels can help our community propagate a positive image of Sikhs. In recent years, Sikh sangats have successfully worked with newspaper and television reporters to highlight the significance of Guru Ka Langar (free community kitchen), Anand Karaj (Sikh wedding ceremony), and Dastaar Bandi (Sikh turban-tying ceremony).
As always, the Sikh Coalition encourages Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly. If you have any questions, or if you wish to report an incident, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org