It has been an interesting two weeks for the Sikh American community. It was during this time that events came to light that were, in many ways, a microcosm of the Sikh American experience as it relates to prejudice and discrimination. There was, of course, the attack on Dr. Prabhjot Singh almost two weeks ago in New York, in which his attackers hurled upon him slurs of “terrorist” and “Osama” before swarming and assaulting him. The story of Jagjeet Singh […]
On the blog Colorlines, Rinku Sen interviews writer A.X. Ahmad whose recently published fictional novel The Caretaker is set in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and features a Sikh protagonist named Ranjit Singh, “an undocumented Sikh immigrant struggling to make a life for himself, his wife and his daughter on Martha’s Vineyard, the summer get-away island for a good number of the country’s wealthy families, including the black elite.” In the interview, A.X. Ahmad discusses various aspects of the book, including the […]
Amardeep Singh is long-time Sikh activist, who is known in particular for his work with the Sikh Coalition. This piece however is written in his personal capacity. On this election day in the United States, Amardeep has graciously provided a few thoughts for consideration.You can follow Amardeep on Twitter at @amarhoboken. Dear Sikh Friends, In case there is any Sikh American voter left to be persuaded, I just wanted to share this quick but comprehensive list of what the Obama Administration […]
Sharon Pian Chan, of the Seattle Times, argues that the focus on Sikhs in the aftermath of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin shooting may be misdirected: We’ve got problems if the first reaction to the news of the shooting was, “Who are Sikhs?” The first is that our educational system has not done its job in teaching about Sikhism. More importantly, it’s the wrong question to ask. We have not dissected the victims of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, and […]
At a recent TEDx Talk event entitled “Forces of Change” at Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C., Amardeep Singh, co-founder and Director of Programs of the Sikh Coalition, talks about his motivation in working for civil rights and social justice. What is especially poignant about this talk is that the very next morning, Amardeep Singh led a group of Sikhs to the first-ever policy briefing on Sikh civil rights issues at the White House. Forces of change, indeed.
Happy New Year! As I did last year around this time, I’d like to reflect on what were some of the bigger stories for Sikhs living in America during this past year in terms of their implications on us as a community, or their impact on our collective psyche. It was an up-and-down year for Sikhs. For many, it was a year that reminded our visible minority of the hate crimes and 9/11 backlash that apparently still continue to plague […]
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Academic and blogger Amardeep Singh offers his perspective on the issue of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s identification of herself as “White” on a voter registration card despite her South Asian and Sikh origins: Isn’t it fair that some South Asian Americans with little connection to South Asian culture or language would see themselves (and be seen as) “white” by others in their communities? Isn’t it possible to be of South Asian origin and “white” at the same time? Amardeep […]