Hate Crimes Against Sikhism

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Sikhs are one of the brown, dark skinned people who have been the targets of anti-Muslim hate crimes. They have been misunderstood because of their beard and turban. In a 2013 survey made by Stanford University and by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, it was found that 49 percent of Americans think that the religion of Sikhism is a section of Islam. Sikhism and Islam are two separate religions. In this survey it was also concluded that some Americans tend to mix Sikhs and turbans with al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, The Islamic state or with the Taliban. Also, 20 percent of the survey takers are more likely to get angry when they see someone wearing a turban. (History of Hate: Crimes Against Sikhs Since 9/11, 2012) (Guerra,2016) …show more content…
(Lichtblau, 2016) (Siemaszko, 2015) (Farivar,
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With this background, it is essential to look at how these hate crimes are being provoked.
A politician named Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslim immigrants and had asked for surveillance in mosques to prevent acts of terrorism. (Stephenson, Becker, 2016) A crime analyst named James Nolan has said hate crimes against American Muslims has showed “a real spike” because of candidates such as Donald Trump. There has also been a tape that has showed a woman who threw liquid on a Muslim woman and after bashing the religion of Islam, she also said she was going to vote for Donald Trump. She then said “so he could send you all back where you came from.” This clearly shows the influence Donald Trump has towards his supporters. (Lichtblau, 2016, p.3)

Things that are being said like this is what the problem is. Stereotyping all Muslims because of a few people who are doing terrible things and are putting a bad name to the religion of Islam and its followers. The Chairman of the Islamic Centre Ishtiaq Sheikh talks about
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We can make signs to address the issues and get our message across. In order to combat ignorance and fear, people need to be educated on Islam. In these educational course of Islam, the uniqueness of Islam will be discussed, the true meaning of Islam and how it is a religion of peace. In these classes students will be taught the hidden meaning of Islam that is never discussed because it is concealed in order to make Muslims look like extremist people.

Islam’s culture will also be broken down to. The main aspect that will be discussed is the different types of religions that are similar to Islam and the way Islam consists of cultural diffusion. Another aspect of culture that will be discussed is the reason Muslim women cover themselves. Finally, in order to do achieve this groups of people from this movement will go to different schools and teach students the truth of Islam.This is doable because I will implement monthly meetings to see how far we have gotten to spread our messages and if it actually is working. Islam needs to be exploited by the American people in order to reduce the fear of

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