American Turban

The Sikh civil rights struggle is about civil rights for all

While many Americans of Indian origin believe that there is more political freedom in the United States compared to India, most do not believe there is the same freedom to practice their religion (Pew Forum report: The Rise of Asian Americans)

Most Indian Americans believe that there is more political freedom in the United States compared to India, but not so for religious freedom (Pew Forum report: The Rise of Asian Americans)

Just as we all have benefited from the victories of the African American Civil Rights Movement, future communities will benefit from the progress we make today.

Any victory is a collective victory. Any progress is shared progress.

— Simran Jeet Singh writes on the Huffington Post about the first policy briefing at the White House on Sikh civil rights issues.  His reflection is poignant – in our own work to ensure Sikh civil rights in this country, we owe much to the African American community and those who engaged in this work before us.

We should also remember that our pursuit of equality is not just about Sikhs, but about all Americans.  There is a mutual benefit in ensuring that the founding values of this country apply to all of its citizens.

[Chart above from the Pew Forum’s recent release “The Rise of Asian Americans” on the state of Asian Americans today. On interpreting the study, remember take the results of the study in context.]

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