islamophobia

Sigal Lecture: Dr. Simran Jeet Singh (Part II)

Oct 16, 2017

We bring you part two 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.

Sigal Lecture 2017: Dr. Simran Jeet Singh

Oct 9, 2017

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.

Mariano Avila / WGVU

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.”

Rosalynn Bliss
Hilary Farrell / WGVU

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss posted a statement Sunday night expressing concern for post-election hostilities towards vulnerable groups and calling to think of children.

“Even though there’s a ton of divisiveness right now in our country, we don’t need to allow that here in our own community. And we need to be an example to say, ‘that’s not OK.’