Hate crimes against many communities have increased in recent years, and Indian Sikhs are no exception.
There are about 500,000 Sikhs in the United States, a large number of whom are here in California. A recent report by ProPublica found Sikhs are increasingly targets of xenophobes and racists. They face discrimination, violence, and even murder.
The group says there’s a lot of misinformation about Sikhs in the news cycle, and that more accurate media reporting may lead to fewer hate incidents.
Narinder Singh is Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition. He joined KALW in the studio, along with journalist AC Thompson, who reported on hate crimes against Sikhs for ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project last year.
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