US Lawmaker ‘Sikh Should Explain Turbans to Americans’

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Sikhs
need to explain to Americans the significance of the turban, the most
visible sign of their identity, an influential US lawmaker has said,
amid reports that a majority of children wearing turbans are bullied
in schools.

Congresswoman
Judy Chu, founder and vice-chair of the Congressional American Sikh
Caucus, said despite the fact that Sikhs have been woven into the
fabric of American culture for more than a century, there is a need
to educate Americans about it, PTI reported.

Chu
was speaking at the Capitol Hill this week after receiving a report
on Sikhs in America from the National Sikh Campaign (NSC). The report
has been prepared by Geoff Garin, head of the Hart Research
Associates. The most significant finding here is that most Americans
do not know much about the Sikh community, Chu said.

Chu
said that though it is disappointing, it can also be a positive
because it can be a way to educate people about Sikhs. It’s an
opportunity to tell your neighbours about why Sikhs wear turbans and
have long beards and that these are articles of a loving and peaceful
faith.

But
there are also some things in this report that show there are issues
that need some serious attention, she said. In particular it has to
do with the fact that more than half the Sikh children endure
bullying in school and this number is worse for children who wear
turbans, she said. Chu said: It is important for us to be able to
communicate what is happening to Sikh children with regards to
bullying, and communicate to a wider audience.

 





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