Queens Sikh Community Reacts To Wisconsin Shooting
Sikh Cultural Center: Richmond Hill, Queens NY 8/5/12.
The Queens Sikh community gathered as normal at the Richmond Hill Sikh Cultural Center despite a tragic shooting which took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Six people including the gunman were killed at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin one day prior. Members of the Sikh community were deeply saddened by the recent shooting but refused to hide in fear. The atmosphere one day after the shooting was melancholic while worshipers did their best to move forward. The NYPD heightened security as a precautionary measure. Since the 9/11 attacks Sikhs have found themselves being victimized by those perpetrating hate crimes. They are often confused with muslims due to similarities in head dress. The black turban commonly worn by Muslim Afghans is also worn by some Sikhs. In hopes of stopping hate crime which affects all cultures, the Sikh community wants to educate the public on issues dealing with the distinction between religions.