Stand­ing up for Amer­i­can Sikhs

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “A ‘grow­ing wave of hos­til­ity’ faces Sikhs,” June 11

I was a Peace Corps vol­un­teer in north­ern In­dia from 1966-68 work­ing in agri­cul­ture. While tour­ing the state of Pun­jab to look for a a source of pota­toes to in­tro­duce to the farm­ers I was as­sist­ing, I was able to visit Am­rit­sar and meet many Sikhs and learn of their unique re­li­gion, work ethic and cul­ture.

Now liv­ing in Bak­ers­field, I see Sikhs on a daily ba­sis and some­times at­tend their places of worship to ex­pe­ri­ence their re­li­gious ser­vices. Bak­ers­field has a sis­ter city re­la­tion­ship with Am­rit­sar, of which I am a part. I am very for­tu­nate to un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the lo­cal Sikhs’ deep love for Amer­ica.

We are lucky to have cit­i­zens and fu­ture cit­i­zens who are Sikhs. These peo­ple are just as good Amer­i­cans (in some cases, bet­ter Amer­i­cans) as nat­u­ral­born cit­i­zens. It is too bad the rhetoric of our pres­i­dent cre­ates xeno­pho­bia di­rected at this and other groups. Gene Tack­ett


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