Sunday, August 01, 2004

Discrimination Against Sikhs

From the Boston Globe, yet another example of discrimination against Sikhs in the post-9/11 world. This is hardly the first time a Sikh has been mistaken for a fundamentalist Muslim because of his turban. Right after 9/11 I heard about attacks on Sikhs by private citizens, etc. But one would expect that security staff could do better at telling Sikhs apart.

I had a good friend in high school who was Sikh, and I met her family and learned about Sikhs. And I have to say, it isn't difficult to learn how to tell Sikhs apart from other turban-wearing people. It would probably take all of five minutes to teach new security agents of the existence and distinguishing features of Sikhs.

Sikhs are probably the last people on earth who would be terrorists, and they'd be the first people you'd want by your side when fighting terrorists. I think everyone should learn more about them, especially anyone who wants to be a professional or amateur terrorist-catcher.