We bring you part one of the 2017 Rabbi Philip Sigal Memorial Lecture. Dr. Simran Jeet Singh spoke on Islamophobia, Hate Crimes, and the Racialization of Religious Identity on April 20, 2017 at Grand Valley State University.
A national Muslim-Jewish alliance formed to fight hate crimes and forge better ties between them is branching out to build on its mission. The Muslim Jewish Advisory Council met Tuesday in Detroit suburb of Dearborn, one of the largest and oldest communities of Arabs and Muslims in the United States.
The Sikh community is often a mistaken target of Islamophobia, which is why Simran Jeet Singh, a high-profile member of the Sikh community in the United States, came to West Michigan to discuss what he calls a new racial group in post-911 America.
“Part of my religious identity as a Sikh is a turban, uncut hair, so I have a beard. And so for my entire life, growing up, people have perceived me to be Muslim, based on their stereotypes of what a Muslim looks like.”