There are about 500,000 Sikhs in the U. S. Frequently, they are beaten or killed. Haters shout “rag head” at them in public.
I assume some of this hatred is because many people believe Sikhs are Muslims or perhaps Hindus. They are neither. There is no justification to treat either Muslims or Hindus this way either.
Sikhs in the U. S. are concentrated on the east and west coast. While many are trained in professions they are unable to find professional work and drive cabs in big cities.
According to surviving newspaper reports, in 1907 500 white men, members of the Asiatic Exclusion League, attacked Sikhs and other Asians in Bellingham, WA. The Sikhs had been recruited to come from India to work in the lumber industry. They ran for their lives and scattered around the countryside.
The Sikhs began in the late 1400’s under the teachings of Guru Nanak. He lived in the Punjab area India and protested the dominance of the Hindu and Muslim faiths. He taught equality between men and women, preacher and congregant, ruler and serf and high born and untouchable. Today we call such teaching the social gospel.
This equality between categories and classes was just as repugnant then as it is today. When we see religious statements on the news today it is a row of men in suits when it is conservative Protestants and a row of male clergy when Catholic. This equality thing is not to be tolerated.
Let’s hope discrimination against Sikhs comes to an end one day soon.