A History of Violence Against Sikhs in the Wake of 9/11

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The mass shooting of a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin is only the latest chapter in a history of violence.

Sunday’s shooting incident at a Sikh gurdwara in a Milwaukee suburb is only the latest example of a history of violence against devotees of the centuries-old South Asian religion since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In the majority of these cases, Sikhs say, they were mistaken for Muslims, because of their religious dress, which includes turbans, beards and long robes. The Sikh community, which totals around 314,000 in the U.S., is entirely separate from the Muslim faith. But in the wake of 9/11, violence against Sikhs spiked.

The Sikh Coalition has received more than 1,000 complaints of violence or discrimination against Sikhs since 9/11.

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