WANT PREVENTION OF POST 9/11 TYPE RACIST FRENZY
(8 July 2005)
an immediate reaction to the London bomb explosions, the Sikh Commission
on Racism & Cohesion has expressed concerns about a possible
repeat of post 9/11 racist frenzy against Sikhs and Muslims in Britain.
Post 9/11, the term 'Bin Laden' became a popular term of taunting
Sikh males with their definitive beards and turbans. Jagdeesh Singh,
a member of the Sikh Commission, was subject to a grievous attack
by racist thugs in Coventry, in September 2004. To date, some 20
cases of serious physical assault have been reported on Sikhs.
to the Sikh Commission: 'Following 9/11, visible communities like
the Sikhs and Muslims became immediate targets of public racism
from racist elements in British society. Anyone that was considered
to be Muslim or Muslim-like in appearance, was targeted with vicious
verbal racism, taunts and also physical attacks.'
to Jagdeesh Singh, a member of the Sikh Commission, "'Up and
down Britain, Sikhs recognisable by turbans and beards, suffered
daily racism on the streets, at work, in public venues and, also,
Sikh Commission is concerned that, in the absence of preventative
action by the government and public authorities, the current London
explosions could trigger a repeat racist frenzy. Dal Singh of the
Birmingham based Sikh Youth & Community Service (a member of
the Sikh Commission), says the 'The London explosions are a vicious
outrage and need to be firmly and totally condemned. At the same
time, we need to see an official effort to protect exposed communities
like the Sikhs from a repeat of the racist onslaught experienced
immediately after 9/11."
Commission is concerned that, to date, no recognition nor action
has been given to the clear pattern of racist hostility and attacks
on the Sikh community."The Prime Minister and Home Secretaries
have publicly condemned the post 9/11 racist attacks on the Jewish
and Muslim community in Britain. However, in regards to the Sikh
community, there has been a conspicuous silence and inaction. This
begs the question, why?''. The Sikh Commission believes there has
been no official push to prevent or address the attacks on the Sikh
Sikh Commission is urging British Police Forces and the British
Home Office to take account of the number and spread of attacks
on communities like the Sikhs and Muslims. 'Tragically and most
unequally, many communities in Britain are not featured in the official
ethnic monitoring procedures operated by the police and Home Office,
which the Commission claims exclude "Sikhs, Jews, Muslims,
Somalis, Afghans, English, Scottish, Welsh, Arabs, Tamils, Gujaratis,
Kurds, Polish, Greek, Kashmiri, Italian and many other substantive
to Dal Singh (Sikh Youth & Community Service): 'There is no
public record, monitoring nor assessment of the attacks that take
place on these communities who are excluded from the official systems.
This amounts to institutional discrimination against a huge mass
of the multi-ethnic British population'.
Sikh Commission is urging public authorities, police forces and
community organisations to remain vigilant against a repeat of the
post 9-11 public racism. On Tuesday 12th July 2005, British Sikh
organisations are gathering at the House of Commons for the official
launch of a newly established All Party Parliamentary Sikh Group.
The Sikh Commission on Racism & Cohesion will be impressing
upon the large gathering of MPs and Sikh representatives, the need
for official attention and action on the cycle of racism on Sikhs.