From Thinkprogress: Often, the hate crimes against Sikhs originate out of misdirected Islamophobia: Sikh men can most easily be identified by their long beards and turbans, which they wear according to religious doctrine. Assailants will mistake these men for Muslims. According to a report by Reuters, Sikh groups have seen huge spikes in hate crimes since September 11th, 2001, right at the same time when anti-Muslim sentiment in the country began to grow rapidly.
This time it was a place of worship attacked by some nut wielding a legally purchased semi-automatic pistol. Yesterday, a white supremacist named Wade Michael Page apparently walked into a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin and opened fire with a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. The alleged gunman killed six before he was himself killed by a police officer returning fire.
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