Title

Sikh Community Activist Simran Jeet Singh: After Wisconsin Attack, I Refuse to Live in Fear

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

8-7-2012

Abstract

As memorials are held to remember the Sikh worshipers shot dead at a Wisconsin temple, we’re joined by Simran Jeet Singh, a Sikh community activist and doctoral candidate in religion at Columbia University. In response to Sunday’s shooting, he posted a commentary called, "As a Sikh-American I Refuse to Live in Fear and Negativity." Singh writes: "Although it will be important to understand what motivated the violence, this should not color the inspiration behind our own reactions. We should draw from our American and Sikh traditions by continuing to respond with love and compassion. Let us stand up together and turn the tragedy in Wisconsin into a turning point for our nation." We also speak with Don Walker, a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covering the Sikh temple shooting.