All people of conscience must be made aware of the significant and under reported hatred that Sikhs face by a largely ignorant populace. It’s heartening that Muslim communities and organizations have involved themselves in outreach to Sikhs, since Sikhs, primarily men, often face the horrific consequences of Islamophobia. However, much more needs to be done in regard to solidarity between both communities.:
A Sikh man was called “Osama Bin Laden” and assaulted during a hate crime on Roosevelt Island — the second attack against a member of the religion in recent weeks, authorities said Friday.
The victim, 34, said he and his mother were nearing his car on Main St. at 8:15 p.m. Thursday when a group of teens ran up and started yelling at them, calling the woman “a b—- with facial hair.” They then punched the man in the face and in the back of the neck, leaving him with minor injuries.