ikh activists in the United States have launched a petition demanding that Kamala Harris apologize for supporting employment discrimination against a Sikh job applicant during her tenure as California’s attorney general in 2011.
“There is no reason why the NYPD police officers can’t wear a turban and beard and do their job,” said [New York Assemblyman Dave Weprin] mentioning in particular that Sikhs’ beards [prevent] the use of gas masks is not true. “Sikhs can tie up their beards in a crop cut,” he said. …“They are not being as receptive to people that don’t look like them,” he said. — In the Gotham Gazette, New York Assemblyman Dave Weprin discusses the campaign […]
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The New York Times presented a study by the Pew Forum that compares household wealth with education level for various religious affiliations within the United States. Unfortunately, Sikhs are not included as a separate category. However, the results of the study are nonetheless interesting: The most affluent of the major religions — including secularism — is Reform Judaism. Sixty-seven percent of Reform Jewish households made more than $75,000 a year at the time the Pew Forum on Religion and Public […]
For the first time, I watched ABC’s “What Would You Do?” last Friday night, solely because they featured a scenario in which a turban-wearing Sikh (portrayed by an actor) was being denied a job in a restaurant unless he agreed to remove his “head garb”. You can view the episode at ABC’s website. The show is certainly not a scientific poll, and we only know what the show wants us to see. However, it was interesting to note how various people in the restaurant […]
Tonight, on ABC at 9 PM, the TV show “What Would You Do? ” addresses the following scenario: A young woman applies for a job as a waitress at a diner and is told the position is hers, on one condition: She can’t wear her Muslim headscarf while she works. “It’s not part of what we do,” says the manager. “It makes a statement that we don’t want to make here.” Is this simply a businessman enforcing his employee dress code, […]