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Sikh scholar Simran Jeet Singh speaks out against Islamophobic remarks at NYC marathon

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.

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Sikh, Muslim police officers in New York City will now be able to wear turbans and beards.

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.

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The Incredible Reason You Might Start Seeing Safety Pins Everywhere
It's a tiny gesture, but it speaks volumes.

This is brilliant and it is already in effect in the UK!  A major news source is covering it so there won’t be confusion of WHAT it means! 

Wear safety pins on your clothing to show solidarity with refugees and immigrants, and that they are safe with you. 

The safety pin also extends as a beacon of hope that you will do all you can to combat white supremacy, racism, sexism, and xenophobia that is growing around us! 

I’d also like to extend that safe place to various minority religions. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna go find me a box of safety pins.

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94% of hate crimes against South Asians motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment, report says

  • 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.
  • That’s an alarming 34% increase within less than one-third of the time covered in their 2011-2014 report Under Suspicion, Under Attack.
  • The new report found:
  • 140 incidents of hate violence of which 94% were influenced by anti-Muslim sentiment.
  • 67 instances of xenophobic political rhetoric used by key political figures and presidential candidates; 1 in 5 of these documented comments were by President-elect Donald Trump. 
  • 96% of all incidents of xenophobic political rhetoric were motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment.
  • A total of 196 incidents, or 95%, of all documented hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric were motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment. Read more

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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)

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These days it seems like we only hear about Sikh people when they’re the victim of hate crimes or being kicked off planes. Photographers Amit and Naroop are hoping to change that with their portrait series, the Sikh Project. Sat Hari Singh (bottom) for example, saved a train load of people on 9/11.

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