Simran Jeet Singh valiantly finished the New York City Marathon on Sunday, but not without receiving several anti-Muslim remarks from participants and attendees. Despite the fact that he’s Sikh, not Muslim. After tweeting about the racism, the NYC Marathon reached out to get more information. Singh later released a longer statement reflecting on the inspiring, loving comments he heard as well.
The new policy will provide religious accommodations for uniforms and allow beards to grow up to one-half inch, the New York Times reports. Religious head coverings are also permissible to wear in uniform as long as hair is neatly and tightly pulled back under the fabric. Turbans must also have a hat shield of the NYPD seal. Officers would first have to seek approval from the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. Read more.
The South Asian Americans Leading Together published a report on Wednesday documenting hate violence against South Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern, Sikh, Hindu and Muslim communities from November 2015 to November 2016.
SAALT reported 207 instances of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric.
Photos from Dennis Morris’ series “Southall: A Home From Home,” a collection of images of British Sikhs taken from 1974-1982
As well as being a rare contemporary study of a thriving ethnic community, Morris’s pictures reveal the tired faces of large groups of school children gathered around Southall’s bus stops as early as 6am. Without realizing it at the time, he had stumbled across “bussing”, a blatant act of racial segregation by the local council to lower the ratio of Asian pupils in Southall by sending them to schools outside the area. “They were bussing them within the borough but outside of Southall itself, to Ealing or Hanwell,” says Morris. “The kids were too young to be out on the streets on their own at six in the morning and their parents had to leave their houses early to travel to work. I had hit on something that was quietly going on and everyone was trying to hide.”
Then followed the Southall riots and suddenly Morris struggled to get his project published or exhibited. “No one would touch it,” he says. “It was too hot for them. People are now ready to reveal the truth in some ways.”
The truth also includes poignant studies of sparsely furnished accommodation, often housing three generations to a room. There is a picture of an elderly Sikh sitting between his two granddaughters and clutching a radio cassette player [last photo in the set]. “There was him, the granddaughters and the husband and wife in that one room. I asked him what his most valuable possession was and he picked up the radio. That was quite strong for me because it makes you realize how people can work so hard and the only thing they get out of it is a radio.” And yet Home from Home reveals the richness of the community spirit in Southall and the extended families who work hard and support each other. - (x)