UNITED SIKHS received an email from 20-year-old Prabneet Kaur, daughter of elderly Sikh man and California resident Darshan Singh. She had just been made aware that a video of her father sleeping on a JetBlue recorded by the man sitting next to him was circulating on the internet. The video is titled “Would You Feel Safe?“ and its description says “flying with bin laden.“
Mr. Singh recalls his Jetblue flight from New York to California in November as unremarkable. He didn’t exchange words with the man sitting next to him, and was surprised when he saw the video of himself online, which is currently sitting at over 62,000 views and gaining more every minute.
This act of ignorance is the latest in a series of anti-Sikh hostility in the days following the horrific shooting in San Bernardino, California on December 2nd. On December 6th, a Sikh Gurudwara (house of worship), was vandalized with anti-ISIS graffiti. On the same day, four Sikh men were stopped from entering a football game because of their turbans.
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At UNITED SIKHS, we are working to have the video removed, report the incident to the appropriate authorities, and raise awareness of such ignorance.
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