Tracking Anti-Sikh Hate Attacks

Over ten years after 9/11, the persistence of hate attacks targeting Sikhs in the US, whether in the form of bullying in schools, vandalism of gurdwaras, or even cold blooded murder, is a sobering reality for our community. Jodha and I have both discussed elsewhere that the root cause of much of the anti-Sikh violence we see in the United States is the overwhelming vilification of Muslims and Islam in our country, and in the world, today. Nevertheless, it is imperative that we have sound data about anti-Sikh attacks specifically so we fully understand the scope of the problem and thus can address it effectively.

It may surprise you that the US government does not in any way keep track of hate crimes targeting Sikhs. Even in the midst of the surge in attacks against Sikhs in the wake of 9/11/01, the FBI never kept track of anti-Sikh crimes. While some of us may not see the FBI as the most trustworthy of agencies to protect our communities and our civil rights given its history of spying and repression, it is nevertheless outrageous that there isn’t even a “Sikh” box to be checked when a hate crime has been reported. It says a lot about the continued marginalization and relative invisibility of our community in the United States.

Congressman Joseph Crowley of New York, with the help of the Sikh Coalition, is taking action on the issue. He has written a letter to the FBI urging them to begin tracking anti-Sikh hate crimes and is encouraging his colleagues in the House of Representatives to sign onto the letter. The Sikh Coalition is encouraging community members to contact their representatives by phone and email requesting they sign Congressman Crowley’s letter. You can also sign this petition to the Justice Department demanding that the FBI track anti-Sikh hate crimes.

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5 Responses to “Tracking Anti-Sikh Hate Attacks”

  1. Someknowledge says:

    Such a database did exist in 2001. The authorities knew about it, it had widespread coverage on media (including CNN), as well as prominent sikh sites.

  2. someknowledge says:

    It took you a day to reply with that after deleting my detailed post about it all?

    What gives? You're asking questions that you already know the answer to, playing dumb when you're not. Why?

    The better question is that you want it publicly tracked by the government. I provided you all the information that it was privately tracked by the government, and it was as official of a database that the Department of Justice and other organizations deemed it good enough.

    How about you undelete my post so it can answer the questions you're asking? :0

    "Are you referring to a community-run database? I have heard about that, but my understanding is that the FBI itself, which is responsible for investigating hate crimes, has never tracked anti-Sikh attacks itself. There's an important difference. "

  3. Arjun Mahapatra says:

    I really think there is one more reason. No offence. But Sikhs do not mix. They consistently show superior air and belittle the host country. Even when a sikh has migrated to US for a better opprtunity, he behaves as if he has done favour on US. Then proudly proclaim, "Dekho ek admi bhatinda se yaha aya or kya kamaya usne'. But he forgets that he has to come to US to do this. Why can't he do better in say Bhatinda to create same opportunities?

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