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Sonny Singh

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Zimmerman's Racial Realities, Beyond Black and White

(106) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 2:22 PM

The last couple of days have been emotional to say the least. The George Zimmerman trial and verdict speak volumes to how deep anti-black racism in Florida and our country really is. While not a surprise to many (given countless examples of killings of black men with impunity...

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State-Sponsored Genocide From Guatemala to India: A Step Towards Justice

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 6:06 PM

In 1984, as the Indian government was terrorizing Sikhs in northern India, mass campaigns of state-sponsored extermination were occurring in the Americas as well. The small Central American nation of Guatemala, under the rule of U.S.-backed Efrain Rios Montt, was one such place. While Indira Gandhi's army was...

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Prayers for Boston and for an End to Racist Backlash

(21) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 1:12 PM

Boston is reeling in the aftermath of two explosions near the Boston Marathon yesterday afternoon. Three people have been killed and dozens injured and being treated at local hospitals. I've been texting, calling, and checking up on friends in the area all afternoon. We are all shook up and confused...

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Muslims in Queens Attacked by Bigots and the Media

(388) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 7:09 PM

Last week, two separate brutal attacks against Muslim men took place in Queens, New York. On November 24, 72-year-old Ali Akmal was nearly beaten to death while going on his early morning walk and remains in critical, but stable, condition.

CBS New York reports:

Akmal's tongue...
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We Are All Muslims: A Sikh Response to Islamophobia in the NYPD and Beyond

(71) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 1:00 PM

As a brown-skinned Sikh with a turban on my head and a long beard on my chin, I deal with my fair share of racist and xenophobic harassment regularly, including in my home of New York City, the most diverse city on the planet. It usually takes the form of...

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Burqa Ban Comes to Canada: Liberation Through Assimilation

(192) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 7:01 AM

The legal banning of the burqa and niqab (the full veil worn by some Muslim women) has been growing in popularity in Europe and is now making its way across the Atlantic. Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, known for his conservative and anti-immigrant policies,...

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We Are One: LGBT Rights and Guru Nanak's Legacy of Inclusion

(36) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 10:47 AM

This week, I join my fellow Sikhs around the world in celebrating the birth of Guru Nanak, a mystic poet, saint and revolutionary who was born in Punjab in 1469 and went on to found our faith.

Our history tells us that when he was about 30 years old,...

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