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Feds looking into Port Orange shooting of Kanwaljit Singh as possible hate crime



Feds looking into Port Orange shooting as possible hate crime


The U.S. Department of Justice and police are investigating the shooting of a Port Orange man driving over the Dunlawton Bridge as a hate crime.

The victim, 46-year-old Kanwaljit Singh, was driving with his son and wearing a head turban when he was shot at six times by people in a black truck. Two of the bullets struck Singh, who family members say was in the intensive care unit Monday at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

The turban is one of the precepts of his Sikh religion, said Navtej S. Khalsa, regional director of the southeast chapter of the national Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Khalsa said his organization believes the attack on Saturday night just after 11 p.m. was a hate crime because the shooters probably thought Singh — an American citizen of Indian descent — is from the Middle East.

“Since Sept. 11, Sikhs have often been the targets of hate crimes because of their visible outward appearance, primarily the wearing of the turban,” Khalsa said. “In the past three years, hate crimes against Sikhs have risen across the country.

Lou Ruffino, a spokesman with the Community Relations Service in Washington, D.C. — under the Department of Justice — confirmed that Mildred Duprey de Robles from the federal agency’s Miami office would be looking into the shooting.

The Community Relations Service was created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Ruffino said. On the agency’s website, the Community Relations Board is described as the “peacemaker” for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color and national origin.

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  • Reynardine

    And too much barbecue washed down with too much Jack Daniels

  • Reynardine

    I believe that is the same cap traditionally worn by Uzbek men, who were called” blue pates” by medieval Russians because of it (the dark blue dye favored regionally left a stain on the close-cropped scalp)

  • Talking_fish_head

    I don’t think the average Islamophobe could differentiate between the different types of turbans; they think that Turban=Muslim

  • And often a very effective one at that.

  • May G-d grant Mr Singh a speedy and complete recovery and may things like this cease to exist in our community and the world. Let us turn our hate into love and our ignorance into compassion.

  • Reynardine

    Tuaregs wear them, similar to the ones worn by Pathans, and for the same reasons: as dust/sand protection, and to serve as an emergency sling or bandage

  • Reynardine

    I live a stone’s throw from Port Orange, and I believe it. I’ve already said I am loath to wear a checkered shawl or muffler any more for just that reason.

    Pakhtun/Pashtun tribesmen do wear turbans, different for every tribe and sometimes khel, but basically consisting of several feet of muffler-shaped cotton, wound round the head without bracing and left with two longish tails hanging partway down the back, so that they can be brought before the mouth and nostrils in case of a dust storm.The effect is completely different from that of the stiff, formed Sikh turban.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Really? I never knew that.

  • Apparentlya lot of people who are biased against Muslims can’t tell the difference.

  • Talking_fish_head

    “Just remember love is life
    And hate is living death
    Treat your life for what it’s worth
    And live for every breath”
    -Black Sabbath

  • Tanveer Khan

    I havent either, I think the Prophet PBUH and the companions wore them but i dont think it got any religous significance either way.

  • Talking_fish_head

    I think people in Afghanistan do wear it (maybe the beduens, i don’t know)
    but thats a small percentage of muslims who wear turbans

  • Talking_fish_head

    i think its called Xenophobia

  • mindy1

    Aww I hope he gets better soon 🙁

  • Muhammad al-Hakeem

    I’ve actually never seen any Muslim wearing a Sikh-like turban, and I didn’t realize this until now.

  • Muhammad al-Hakeem

    O God! This can no longer be called Islamophobia!

  • Heinz Catsup

    Poor guy. Here’s to recovery.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Man i feel for that guy….
    And on another note muslims carry on laughing at the stupidity of islamophobes because they can’t distinguish between actual muslims and people who wear turbans. (We dont really, i mean people are getting hurt over their stupidity, like Mr Singh, but you get the message)

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