Deep Singh ’92 wrote in a New York Times essay his reaction to the Sikh temple shooting in suburban Milwaukee and how that “familiar emptiness” brought back memories of the days following September 11, 2001.
Singh, an associate professor of English at Lehigh University, writes about the common but incorrect assumption that male Sikhs, who wear turbans, are Muslims. But he also questions whether educating the public about the Sikh community will truly reduce the number of people who simply hate the diversity of this country and target minority groups because of that hatred.
“At times, living in the United States has seemed like an amazing privilege for my family,” he writes. “. . . And yet a senseless event such as this one reminds one how awfully precarious the American dream can be.”
Read the entire essay at http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/being-sikh-in-america.