Mistaken For Muslims? Were Sikhs Shot in California Victims of Islamophobia?
In the wake of the Park51 protests, violence against Muslims increased in the country, and violence against people mistaken for Muslims increased, too.
As tempers flare again thanks to events like the King “radical Muslims” investigation, it seems that we may be seeing a repeat of that violence, too.
Via USA Today:
Before a controversial congressional hearing on the “radicalization” of the U.S. Islamic community set for Thursday, Indians in Northern California fear that two elderly Sikhs gunned down Friday on their afternoon walk may have been mistaken for Muslims, The Sacramento Bee reports.
One man died and the other was critically wounded in the drive-by shooting. Both wore Sikh turbans and had beards, traditions of the Sikh religion, which was founded in the 15th century in the Punjab region of India.
After the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Sikhs were targets of violence and harassment because they were mistaken for Muslims.
In 2008 a 63 year old Sikh was punched in the face, called an Arab and told to “go back to your country.” And during the height of the Park51 controversy a California Sihk cab driver was severely beaten by two men who called him “Osama Bin Lauden” before he was able to escape.
Has this type of hate crime returned? And is everyone in danger, not just Muslims?