American Turban

A country of many colors

"A scene of the procession of the [Sikh] parade held in downtown Phoenix on April 21st." (Source: Valley India Times)

“A scene of the procession of the [Sikh] parade held in downtown Phoenix on April 21st.” (Source: Valley India Times)

A man was giving small handbills to passersby. We saw a drawing of an American flag, and read this introduction:”We are loyal Americans. We join all Americans in condemning the violence in Boston.”

I remembered the shootings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in August 2012. I finished the letter, and realized it was a plea not to blame the Sikhs of Phoenix for the bombs in Boston.

— Melissa Musick Nussbaum writes in the National Catholic Reporter about diversity in America, and encountering the Sikh community in Phoenix, Arizona, just after the Boston Marathon bombing in April.

One might understand the Phoenix Sikh community’s reaction. It was only days after the 9/11 attacks that a Sikh in nearby Mesa, Arizona — Balbir Singh Sodhi — was murdered in retribution.

Read Melissa Musick Nussbaum’s full column here.

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