American Turban

On American Sikh identification versus purpose

"Sikh residents take part in a June 2013 parade in Salem, Oregon. Credit: Creative Commons/PhotoAtelier." (Source: Tikkun)

“Sikh residents take part in a June 2013 parade in Salem, Oregon. Credit: Creative Commons/PhotoAtelier.” (Source: Tikkun)

Simran Jeet Singh and Dr. Prabhjot Singh consider the Sikh American balance of identity:

American Sikhs walk a thin rhetorical line between declaring what we are—a group that aims to elevate the consciousness of all people to appreciate our common divinity—and declaring what we are not in order to avoid the short-term consequences of popular confusion. Within this tension lies the key to how American Sikhs can and should negotiate political life: we must engage with group cohesion in such a way that it facilitates an outgrowth of inspired humanitarian service.

Read more in the interfaith magazine Tikkun.

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