One 11-year-old raised her hand shyly and nervously adjusted her pink-framed glasses as she spoke: “I believe the killer had God inside of him, but he chose not to listen to God and so he did a bad thing. He didn’t see God in other people, and that’s why he could hurt them.” — in an Op-Ed piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Simran Jeet Singh discusses the enlightening conversation he had with Sikh children about the murders that took […]
A number of different American communities have been impacted by Islamophobia, and practitioners of the Sikh religion make up one of the most adversely affected minority groups. The distinctive physical appearance of typical Sikh males in particular — brown skin, turban, beard — correlates with the stereotypical images of terrorists projected in western media. Scholars have recently described this perceived relationship as a racialization of religious identity. This process has led to a conflation of Sikhs and Muslims, and therefore, […]
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I was shocked. I wanted to give everyone in the elevator a high-five, but remembering I was in New York, I tried to play it cool. I put on my Denzel Washington face (the coolest person I could think of on the spot), and as I walked out of the elevator, I turned to the mother and whispered a soft “thank you.” — At the Huffington Post, Simran Jeet Singh discusses a recent experience in an elevator when a child […]
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 […]
For example, “looking different” has led me to “look differently.” My Sikh identity has been linked to major moments in my life, and these unique experiences have shaped the way in which I view the world. — Simran Jeet Singh reflects on how his outwardly Sikh appearance has influenced his perspective and interaction with the world around him. Read his full piece at the Huffington Post.
Simran Jeet Singh, who will be running the ING New York City Marathon (as a featured runner) in three days, writes in the Huffington Post about his identities as a Sikh, American, and Indian, and the role that the Indian state-sponsored atrocities of 1984 against the Sikh people (and others since) has played into how he reconciles the various labels: Yet I find that the values and ideals of my religion, Sikhism, resonate more closely with those of America. Like […]