Mistaken Identity: Hate Crimes Sacramento ( Sikhs are targeted because of turbans)

There are thousands of Skihs in the greater Sacramento Area.Due to the customs of beards and wearing turban’s, many people confused Sikh with Muslims and others of middle eastern countries. Since 9/11 many Sikhs have faced persecution and violence. Two men taking their nightly walk were killed in Elk Grove a few weeks ago.    Many Sikh taxi drivers have been attacked.  

A hate crime is: any of various crimes (as assault or defacement of property) when motivated by hostility to the victim as a member of a group (as one based on color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation)

What and Who is a Sikh?

SIKH:is the title and name give to an adherent of Sikhism. The term has its origin i n the Sanskrit term meaning “disciple learner ” or siksa ,meaning instruction..

Sikh Philosophy: There is one supreme eternal reality; the truth; imminent in all things; immanent in creation. Without fear and without hatred; not subject to time; beyond birth and death; self revealing . Known by the Guru’s grace.

1) One Source
Energy is the Creator of the Universe

2) Equality
All human beings are equal
People of all religions and races are welcome in Sikh Gurdwaras
Women have equal status with men in religious services and ceremonies

One’s next life depends on his deeds in the past life
The human life is supreme and it is through this life that we can achieve oneness with Gods will.
Finding God in this life and living by his commands helps us to attain Gods mercy.

4) Non-Violence
Sikhs are a peace loving people and stand for Truth and Justice
Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, “It is right to use force as a last resort when all other peaceful means fail.”

these can be summed up in the Mul Mantra (or mool) which is:

* there is one god
* whose name is truth
* god is the creator
* and is without hate
* god is timeless
* gods spirit is throughout the universe
* god is not born
* nor will die to be born again
* god is self-existent
* by the grace of the gurus
* god is made known to man kind.

The greater Punjab region of India is the historic homeland of Sikhism.

Sikhism is currently the fifth largest religion in the world with 25 million followers. There are over five hundred thousand Sikh’s in the United States with one hundred thousand in California,the largest concentration of those is in Yuba City Area. Sikhs are the second largest religion in Yuba City.

Due to the customs of beards and wearing turban’s, many people confused Sikh with Muslims and others of middle eastern countries. Since 9/11 many Sikhs have faced persecution and violence.

The Sikh turban symbolizes discipline, integrity, humility, and spirituality. The turban is a mandatory part of Sikh faith, not a social custom, or a hat that can be easily taken on or off. Most people in North America with turbans are Sikhs.

Sikhism has little in common with the Muslims, primarily in there treatment of women, Sikhism, does not require its followers to renounce the world, and Sikhism has fought again slavery, and for human rights.

As early as the 15th Century, Guru Nanak promoted woman’s rights and equality.

All human beings are equal.
The idealistic approach of Sikhism is that it recognizes the existence of the same heavenly Light in every human being, rich or poor, high or low irrespective of caste, creed, color, race, sex, religion or nationality. The Guru’s stressed the full equality of women, rejecting female infanticide, wife burning, permitting widow remarriage and rejects women wearing veils.
In the late sixteen hundreds, Sikh women fought next to men in liberation battles against the Mogul Empire.

Therefore the doors of the Sikh temple are open for all in this world without any prejudice or social discrimination. Every person in this world has equal right to enter and join the services in the Sikh temple.

Free Food For All
The institution of Langar (Free Food in Temples) was started by the first Guru and strengthened further by the later Gurus. The rules of the Langar require that all should sit in the same row and partake of the same food without any discrimination of being high or low, rich or poor, and prince or the peasant. The institution of Langar, thus, translates the principle of equality into practice. It was the injunction of the third Guru that none would have his audience unless one had eaten in the Langar. Even Akbar, the Emperor of India, had to sit with common people and dine before he could see the Guru.

Source. Sikhism Guide,Wikipedia,


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

One thought on “Mistaken Identity: Hate Crimes Sacramento ( Sikhs are targeted because of turbans)

  1. Sikhs is a plural, not a contraction and so does not take an apostrophe. Neither does turbans ! Who edits this ?

    “Sikhism has little in common with the Muslims” false comparison between a religion and people following another religion. What you meant to say was “Sikhism has little in common with Islam.”

    Observant Sikh men try to carry a knife (kirpan) at all times. This is illegal in many circumstances yet the authorities can often turn a blind eye.


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