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Not Just The Sikhs

I felt that Gurukarm Khalsa’s letter that appeared Friday was upsettingly incomplete. While it is a problem that people wearing turbans are assumed to be Muslim, and that Americans are generally uninformed about Sikhism, it seems hardly relevant at a time like this. Even if these victims of backlash were Muslim, this expression of hatred and ignorance would not be any more justified. Merely because someone wears a turban, or looks Middle Eastern, or is in fact Muslim, doesn’t mean that they sympathize or can be held in any way responsible for the events of last Tuesday. We all feel shock, horror and outrage, but we absolutely cannot take our anger out on innocent members of our community, never mind their race, ethnicity, or religion. In America we believe that one is innocent until proven guilty, and we cannot let stereotypes and prejudices cloud our minds against our own people, who feel the same distress and disbelief as anyone else.

Miriam Sorell ’04