Sikhs Tell U.S. Officials They Face Bigotry, Workplace Discrimination

Sikh discrimination workplaceMembers of the Sikh community in the San Francisco Bay area have told U.S. law enforcement officials that they face severe workplace discrimination and hate, and want the federal government to be more vigilant in pursuing such crimes.

Hundreds of Sikhs from the region met Sunday with U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and her counterparts in other parts of the state, telling the delegation that they constantly struggle with discrimination and bigotry, the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times reports.

Sikhs, whose numbers total some 25 million worldwide, many of whom live in India, are often confused with Muslims, a concern expressed by those who met with Haag at a Sikh Center in the East Bay community of El Sobrante.

The group said that they were concerned that the FBI doesn't specifically track anti-Sikh hate crimes, lumping them in with those perpetrated against Muslims and with issues primarily affecting people from the Middle East, the newspaper reports.

Haag told the group that she was particularly dismayed by the intolerance toward Sikhs in light of the religion's teachings that emphasize equality among both sexes, and all races and beliefs.

"Especially after you learn about all that, it's hard to imagine why anyone would want to discriminate against the Sikh community," the Times quotes Haag as saying.

Haag promised the group that she would discuss their concerns with FBI officials.




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JosephC

If they want to be treated fairly, then they have to stop the habit of being two faced and back stabbing that is so common in their culture. I work with one and that is all he does, stab co workers in the back. I've never seen it so bad in my life how they are.

February 14 2012 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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kp

I know a white and a black guy who is a dick. So by your assumption almost all of America is filled with dicks- right?

February 14 2012 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lovin_Hawaii

Really??? If you really want to see discrimination, try being a white, middle aged American.

February 14 2012 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrisvh45

I think everyone deserves a fair shake. They should be treated fairly but they need to understand the customs of the American work place and remember that we speak English. What they do at home and what religion they belong to should not matter. If they obey the law and work hard they should have the same opportunities as everyone else.

February 14 2012 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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kp

Where did it say that they do not understand American customs at work place and that they do not speak English? Do you even know any one of them. I am not a Sikh but know several who are. They are one of the most peaceful and brave people I have ever met. I do agree with your second part of the comment

February 14 2012 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Unto Ryodi

who told u that they dont speak english the ones i know are very well aware of customs and speak english

February 14 2012 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Powder

You want to be treated as Americans, act like Americans, go to McDonald's eat beef, learn english, dress in levi's.. etc.

February 14 2012 at 4:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
john.jones74

hate from San Fran? No way! :-)

Isn't that Nancy's backyard? Wow, how about them liberals?

February 14 2012 at 4:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jim

If the Sikh's don't like it here tell them to go back to their own country of origin.. Quit whinning about being picked on period.. If you didn't stand out so much you wouldn't have the problems your complaining about!!!!!...

February 14 2012 at 4:06 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Linda Elsey

Could be because they haven't assimilated to the United States but still dress the same holding fast to their customs and beliefs. Or more than likely because millions of Americans are out of work and should have first access to jobs.

February 14 2012 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jack777

Holding fast to their customs and beliefs is the American way. Otherwise you would all be Puritans.

February 14 2012 at 3:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
TOMMY

غير قادر على أننا جميعا مجرد الحصول على طول؟

February 14 2012 at 3:13 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jack777

No Tommy. We never have done and we never will. I think it's hot wired into the life on this planet. Darwin knew what he was talking about. Survival of the 'fittest', sadly.

February 14 2012 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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chrisvh45

Darwin was a plagiarizer whole stole his ideas from a creationist.

February 14 2012 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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