The caption supplied with this Getty Images photo of a protest at the U.S. consulate in Hyderabad India said these Idian Sikhs "shout anti-US slogans."
Other pictures from India also make reference to "anti-U.S. slogans," but none indicates what would constitute an appropriate slogan in the aftermath of the killings in Wisconsin.
Manjit Singh, president of a Delhi-based Sikh party, uttered a comment that seems entirely inappropriate, and one that's been repeated by American reporters.
"This is a racially motivated case and the (US) government needs to educate people about different communities so it doesn't happen again," he said.
He's referring to the notion that Sikhs are often confused with Muslims, but in calling for an education campaign, he -- and many reporters -- seem to be missing a much larger point.
"... seem to be missing a much larger point."
Shall we guess at what you think that point is?
That the murderer didn't really care if they were Muslim.
...implies it would be more acceptable to murder muslims...should just be a general condemnation of hateful murder.
Bingo. The "you shot the wrong people" story line implies there was a right people to shoot.
Manjit Singh hopes that if everyone understood that Sikhs aren't Muslims, then terrorists who are out to gun down Muslims wouldn't end up killing his people.
And that would be better, even if the Muslims still face the occasional slaughter ... ?
The problem is not mistaken identity, it's religious-based terrorism.
Somewhat ironic - but perhaps understandable - that the Sikhs would direct their ire towards the US government, as the Indian state was responsible not long ago for inciting religious violence that killed nearly 3,000 and displaced 50,000 of their co-religionists.
So as I was reading this, KARE 11 had a bit about "the shooting at a sick temple"
I don't want to put to much on the news media, but if they have a goal to educate instead of entertain, now might be a good time to talk about sikh, and pronounce it more like "seek" then "sick"
Sorry bob, I don't mean to come onto your blog and bash your profession, but some people in it are very bad at it.
jon - TV talking heads for the most part aren't real journalists, with some notable exceptions.
As often as not it's people whose real desire is to be in hollywood, but tv is kinda similar while they're waiting to be discovered.
Just be happy you don't live in California.
"jon - TV talking heads for the most part aren't real journalists, with some notable exceptions."
That's right Jimmy. TV people are just people who are acting like they know what they are talking about.
You have to be careful about telling someone they're stupid. Here's why.
There's a lot of irony in this comments thread.