“Sunday night I was taking a flight back from San Francisco to Toronto and was stopped by security and ordered into additional screening. Now this is nothing new to me, as I’m a brown dude who flies quite often and these types of extra screening and searchings are regular occurrences. In this specific case however I was asked to remove my turban so it could go through an additional extra check. my first inclination was to say nah, I had a flight to catch and taking off a turban and tying it back on before a flight would be inconvenient. I asked to have a pat down instead (i get my clothes patted down, and those too are made of cloth, never asked to remove those) the manager insisted that either I would take off my turban and or I would be escorted back into the public area and I could book a flight with a different airline or airport.
They provided a private screening room, and after they had done a complete body search and scanned my turban through another x-ray… they came back and told me I was good to go.
It was at this point I asked for a mirror to retie my turban again, because unlike a hat or a shoe, tying a turban back on takes time and skill (great skill, only the manliest of men know) plus I gotta make sure i look extra crispy and good ALWAYS (my motto in life, most of the time when I’m not lazy of course) The officials responded that they don’t provide mirrors and one of them had even told me to walk down the nearest bathroom at the other end of the terminal, in public, without my turban on. Which completely defeats the purpose of being in a private room in the first place… why “undress” me and then tell me to walk out “undressed” to the nearest bathroom to retie my turban again? The turban is a sign of royalty, respect, dignity, courage and has a huge significance for my people.
I followed all the security protocols, asked whatever they wanted me to do, the issue isn’t JUST with the fact that I was asked to remove the turban (however silly it still is) but with the lack of respect and insensitivity when I asked for a simple request like a mirror to tie it back on again.
We know every woman has two jobs - one at the office and one at home. She multitasks and handles both almost single handedly. It’s time to understand why. It’s time to get to the root of the issue. Is it our upbringing? Are we passing gender roles that haven’t evolved with the times? In our society why are women only responsible for the household? It’s a responsibility for both genders. (x)
“A comic book series starring Secret Agent Deep Singh, aka “Super Sikh” and his team, who fight for justice all over the world.
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Canadian comedian Jasmeet Singh spoke out on Twitter Monday, after he was forced to remove his turban for an airport security check in San Francisco.
The Sikh YouTuber, who is better known as JusReign, took off his turban for a private search after U.S. Transportation Security Administration workers told him he wouldn’t be allowed on his flight otherwise.
Upon finding nothing inside the turban, Singh wrote agents denied his request for a mirror to retie his turban, and he was forced to walk in public looking for the nearest restroom with his hair uncovered.
According to The Sikh Coalition, it’s mandatory for followers of Sikhism to wear a turban in public, as it’s a symbol of “love and obedience to the wishes of the founders of their faith.”
“What was the point in taking me to the private room,” Singh asked on Twitter, slamming the TSA for not accommodating his request for a mirror after he “cooperated” with their search.
Singh continued to say he knows Sikh men who travel without their turbans out of fear, but he’ll continue to wear his.
Several Twitter users spoke out to support Singh, and criticized TSA for their behaviour.
“Anti-blackness has soaked through our minds and practices as the same systems that oppress and harm Black communities also oppress and harm ours, while working overtime to divide and conquer us. We recognize that while our Brown familias are also murdered by the police, that the context of our oppression is very different from that of Black people, and that our freedom depends on Black liberation. Unlearning anti-Blackness and relearning the praxis of of liberation is part of our process as Brown people to decolonize ourselves, our minds, and our communities in order to collectively heal from and resist the racial regimes that violate the dignity and humanity of our Black comrades.” -Monica Trinidad
“Punjabi Jutti is a type of footwear common in North India and neighboring regions. They are traditionally made up of leather and with extensive embroidery, in real gold and silver thread in olden days. Even with changing times juttis have remained part of ceremonial attire, especially at weddings, the unembellished juttis are used for everyday use for both men and women in most of Punjab.”
“My Grandpapa was in Mussolini’s army in World War II. And he used to tell me a story. He told me that they were winning the war as they moved into Eastern Africa. They won many battles against the British.
And then the British brought a regiment of fierce looking warriors. Men that looked like ferocious animals when in battle, the Sikhs. Their war-cry was so frightening that the Italian army used to shiver when it sounded.
They attacked with their artillery; when they finished their artillery fire they attacked with their guns; when they finished their bullets they fought with bayonets; and when their bayonets were snatched they fought with knives; and then even as they were bleeding they fought with bare hands.” My Grandpa used to say that it was the Sikhs that turned the war around. They routed their enemy wherever they went.
Finally, my Grandpa was captured by the Sikh regiment”, he said. “He was a Prisoner of War, with limited canteen. Even water was scarce. The Sikhs, the ferocious Sikhs that behaved like hungry lions on the field, were like benevolent guardians in the camps. They slept hungry themselves but gave their food to the prisoners. They gave them so much respect and love that my Grandpapa used to say that he had never seen men like Sikhs.“ (source: Sikhchic.com & @iampunjab) 🙏🏽 http://ift.tt/1N2RmMN
A Sikh Army captain and Afghanistan veteran is suing the U.S. military for refusing to allow him to wear his turban and beard permanently and subjecting him to a series of tests, claiming their policies discriminate against his religion.