American Turban

The search for tolerance in the southwest

The Gurdwara Sikh Center of San Antonio (source: The Pluralism Project)

The Gurdwara Sikh Center of San Antonio (source: The Pluralism Project)

KPBS is broadcasting a series about the “Search of Tolerance” in the southwest. A recent piece in this series highlights the issue of hate crimes in San Antonio, Texas:

[Ravpreet] Singh is also from India and a naturalized citizen. But this 38-year-old San Antonio realtor is not a Muslim. He’s a Sikh. Typically, Sikhs have long hair, beards and wear turbans. They are often victims of hate crimes by people who think they are Muslims. And in that sense, Singh knows the name-calling Dr. Ali heard on the campaign trail.

“People will say: ‘Hey: you terrorist, get out of my country’ or ‘You don’t belong here’ or ‘Turban head,’” Singh said.

In the face of such incidents, these victims of hate crimes and discrimination are determined to remain in their communities, and their communities support them.

Read – or listen – to the full story at KPBS.

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