The Narrative Mourns the Sikh Victims of Oak Creek

From the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund:
AALDEF Condemns Act of Terrorism Against Sikh Gurudwara in Wisconsin
Sunday, Aug 5, 2012

On Sunday, a horrific mass shooting took place at the Sikh gurudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, as members of the Sikh community were preparing for a peaceful religious gathering. It has been reported that a white male killed six people, and he was later killed himself after exchanging fire with a police officer.

AALDEF condemns this blatant act of terrorism against innocent people at a house of worship, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the three continuing to fight for their lives in critical condition, and the entire Sikh community in Oak Creek, whose lives have been changed and feeling of safety shattered.

While details continue to emerge on this tragedy, the 700,000 Sikhs living in the United States have increasingly been victims of hate and discrimination. The media coverage following this tragedy, including CNN Network's disturbing decision to distinguish Sikhs and Muslims, which implicitly suggested an attack on Muslims is within expectation, and its initial hesitation to call this an act of terrorism, show how severely intolerance and ignorance have been allowed to persist in our country, and the immediate need to stop it in all of its forms.

As more information comes to light, AALDEF will seek to work with other social justice organizations in making policy recommendations in hopes that such tragedies can be prevented in the future.

Ujala Sehgal
212.966.5932 ex.217


  1. (Thinking about Marvin Gates " What's going on) My deepest sympathies goes out to them

  2. Deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. It's sad that people are being hurt for no reason. We talk about being a land where people are free to worship as they choose, but these tragic events remind me that we are far from that.

  3. My condolences to them. I feel sorry for them :(

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    1. anonymous J

      My bad! Forgot to include something more than anonymous.They encourage hatred, then when someone affiliated with them commits a criminal act, they are "upset it makes them look bad"?

    2. Sorry Ankhesen no disrespect, but I haven't heard not one "White Nationalist" Condemn what this man did that day. They look bad already for what they stand for. They are already preaching of race wars & violence towards others that are non - white. It's in their music, on their websites, underground radio & cable stations, pamphlets, Their rallies & marches. They most likely ONLY condemned the cowards suicide.

  5. Six people are dead and they're worried about looking bad? They have no respect for fundamental human life.

  6. Ooh sorry My name is Michelle


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