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?

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Randeep c.
5 years ago

Well, ppl, I am a Sikh by Birth . We are a race that was created for one purpose and that is to counter the spread of Islam by forced conversions that were taking place in the 16th & 17th century in India. We are born warriors and worship the weapons-dagger, swords etc. like samurai & ninjas. In the past when there was man-on-man battles , both the Muslims and us used to wear turbans. In the 1st 5 minutes of the battle the turbans would come off and it would be difficult to know who was muslim and who was sikh. So the Sikhs did not cut their hair. That added fear as you would imagine if a screaming man with a crazy beard and abominable man hairstyle was charging at you.
Fact- the indian army comprises of a lot of Sikhs. So did the british army when they were ruling India. Whenever the sikh battalion is posted in kashmir or at the border with pakistan the terrorist actions come to a stand still and the islamic terrorist do not even try to infiltrate into India.
We too have had our share of retribution from the Mullas(radicals). Our children , as young as one month old , were impaled on erect spears and then their heads cut off and handed to their mothers who later were raped and set alight -alive. Often the children were buried alive in walls that tourists these photograph on holidays to delhi, agra etc.
Today, the need of the hour is to educate the ignorant part of america that Sikhs are the only ones who had ever totally captured the region all the way from panj

Habibi Matrimonials

You should add a gang picture, not Holy Quran. After all all drive by shootings are gang related. In Chicago 14 Americans were shot and killed with a drive by shooting by two teenagers. The Americans cannot be passed over as Muslims. Violence prevails in any city because of lack of morals.

Linda H.
Linda h6 years ago

Rob and Whatever,what kind of phoney software persona are you? You are here as always shoving your ignorant fake comments. This is about killing Sikhs and here you are with your phoney rants once more deflecting the subject and spreading hate. Get lost. You are why this happened.

judy k.
judy k6 years ago


Helen Delahunt-Avila
Helen Avila6 years ago

here is the other half. be sure to check your area.

National Black Foot Soldier Network Black Separatist

National Socialist American Labor Party Neo-Naz
National Socialist Movement Neo-Nazi

New Black Panther Party Black Separatist

Power of Prophecy General Hate

Supreme White Alliance Racist Skinhead

Texas Rebel Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Ku Klux Klan

Tony Alamo Christian Ministries General Hate

Traditional Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Ku Klux Klan

United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

White Knights of America Neo-Nazi

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Helen Delahunt-Avila
Helen Avila6 years ago

for all you islamaphobes check out the list my friend Kit B put together of american bred terrorists.. just in texas..there are so many I will split it. there is a map to check out your area.

Just in Texas there are 59 hate groups most are well known to the general public and need no introduction or elaboration. (I intentionally did not include the redundancy of each city.)

Aryan Nations 88 Neo-Nazi

Aryan Terror Brigade Racist Skinhead

Aryan Wear White Nationalist

Bethesda Christian Institute Anti-Gay

Blood and Honour U.S.A. Racist Skinhead

Border Guardians Anti-Immigrant

Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Ku Klux Klan

Christian Identity Church - Aryan Nations Christian Identity

Confederate Hammerskins Racist Skinhead

Creativity Movement Neo-Nazi

Desastrious Records Racist Music

White Nationalist European-American Unity and Rights Organization White Nationalist

Irving First Century Christian Ministries Christian Identity

Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (General Hate)

IHS Press Radical Traditional Catholicism

Independent Skins Southwest Racist Skinhead

Jewish Defense League (General Hate)

League of the South Neo-Confederate

Legion of St. Louis Radical Traditional Catholicism

Nation of Islam Black Separatist

National Alliance Neo-Nazi

bob m.
bob m6 years ago

Check out Asian gang drug and territory mayhem in B.C.
Can you say epidemic?
Murderous behaviour is not by any means unknown in trhe Sikh community either (gangs).
Two guys get shot(sikhs) and you pull your islamophobia card;
talk about petty distractions. and manipulation.

bob m.
bob m6 years ago

Check out Asian gang drug and territory mayhem in B.C.
Can you say epidemic?
Murderous behaviour is not by any means unknown in trhe Sikh community either (gangs).
Two guys get shot(sikhs) and you pull your islamophobia card;
talk about petty distractions. and manipulation.

Julie Kirby
Julie Kirby6 years ago

The subject is, are other people being profiled, attacked, killed because they were presumed to be Muslim... I think it was probably someone who assumed they were Islamic, because of their apperance. That sounds Islamophobic or perhaps xenephobic... The problem here is people are arguing which religion is better or worse, and that argument never ends... Ta

Jade H.
Jade H6 years ago

Lucky for all of us - God doesn't have a religion.