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  1. It's been all over the TV and news this month. South Asians are the biggest minority group in the UK but we get no such month. We generally just keep our heads down and get on with things. Look at the contributions we make to this country, especially Sikhs and Hindus. We are disproportionately represented in Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, IT, corner shops. Professions that actually benefit society on a day to day basis, not just music and sports. Why do they always go on about having a black James Bond? Why never an Indian one? We never go begging for quotas or complain that we are under represented in certain fields. Look at Lewis Hamilton complaining about the lack of black people involved in the Engineering aspect of Formula 1. What he fails to realise is that not many black people are interested in such a field to begin with, he just feels entitled that there should be black engineers in Formula One for some reason. I wonder what goreh really think about things like this in the UK? Do black people help their cause by creating protests and riots or do people think twice about hiring them because they are prone to playing the race card? Does playing the race card help? Should we be doing such things? I think we get just as much racism as black people if not more.
  2. Dear members of Sikh Sangat, My name is Abdul Stanikzai I have immense respect for Sikhs and I have had the pleasure to know many and work with them through charitable organisations throughout Afghanistan may I first send my condolences to the martyrs of the Kabul Gurdwara attack we are blighted by this vicious terrorism for many decades. I have recently come across a Sikh gentle by the name of Rajinder Singh Tattal who often goes to Speakers Corner Hyde Park recently his youtube channel called: Raj Speakers Corner has posted a very hateful video in which he attacks Afghans because he had an argument with an Afghan individual online he then proceeds to insult an entire nation and people please check this link: https://streamable.com/3lwyy5 He is stirring up allot of ethnic tensions amongst Sikhs online and Muslims and has been for a few years but now it seems he wishes to antagonise Muslims and Afghans so we attack Sikhs online its created allot of issues as rival channels are now posting Anti Sikh material in retaliation because of Rajinders provocative videos. He has since deleted the video last night but I was sent a recording of it I do hope if anyone knows Rajinder personally they maybe able to tell him to tone down his rhetoric a bit. Thank you for reading this and allowing me to post this.
  3. I watched this movie years ago, its set in the UK in 1983 and is about the skinheads and racists. It had some really horrible shocking scenes! Theres one scene where whites go into a shop owned by a Punjabi man, Sandhu. Its quite shocking stuff, iv had older Asians tell me about stuff like this and how racist whites were back in the days. WARNING lots of swearing and some nudity in the video
  4. https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/darren-sammy-furious-kalu-racist-word-ipl-srh-6446203/
  5. Here is the hate filled bigotry from a mullah in pakistan. Hope this is an eye opener for those praising Pakistan. These bigots are free to make big speeches to crowds in Pakistan. Shame on them!! https://youtu.be/7dWlanixDWs
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    WaheguruJiKaKhalsaWaheguruJiKiFateh! Quebec's Sikhs need your help! Bill 21 bans all public sector employees like teachers, police, and lawyers from wearing any religious symbols. This means that Sikhs can not work while wearing their Dastar, Kara, or Kirpan. This law cannot be struck down by a judge for its violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms due to the Quebec provincial government's use of the notwithstanding clause. The Federal government is capable of repealing the law (disallowment) but they will only do so if the public forces them to. Disallowment can also only happen within 1 year of the bill's passing. Time is running out. Every Sikh in Canada needs to contact their Member of Parliament through email and phone to say that this law violates human rights and needs to be repealed. Bill 21 Awareness Resources In this link, multiple documents to spread awareness are attached. The word document for the small flyers can be printed black and white, double sided, and cut into four. You can add in your MP's information before printing, or just print it as is if your area has multiple MPs. Everything helps. Please hand them out at your local Gurdwara and other public places. To find your MP and their contact information, use this link: Find your MP Make sure to use your postal code for the search. If you use your city name you might end up with the wrong MP. The poster is attached as word, pdf, and jpg. It should be put up in all local Gurdwaras and other public places. Share the jpg and have it displayed on any TV screens. The announcement document can be changed to Punjabi font and given to people to make announcements at Gurdwaras. Announcements need to be made multiple times everyday. Anyone is welcome to modify anything if it needs improvement. Please sign the WSO petition: WSO Quebec Petition The response of Canadian Sikhs has been disappointing and weak. It is as if we don't care that the Sikhs of Quebec lost a lot of careers. There are about 500 000 Sikhs in Canada. That petition should have more than 500 000 signatures by now. If all Sikhs had recognized their duty to the Panth, then that would have been the case. Instead, there are, at this point, only about 2000. We should be ashamed. Take initiative to contact your MP and sign the petition. Take initiative to make everyone else in your family, Sangat, and community contact your MP, by email and phone, and sign the petition. If you don't do it, no one else will. If you are lazy now, then what face will you show to Guru Sahib? Think about it carefully. If we fail to put enough pressure on the Federal government, then they will not use their disallowment powers. And when 1 year passes, it will be too late and the only hope then will be for a new Quebec provincial government that is willing to change the law to be elected. This is unlikely due to the number of imbeciles in Quebec that are racist or don't recognize the human right to practice one's religion. So disallowment is the best hope that we have. Do not let the Sikhs of Quebec down; help in any way that you can!
  7. Comedian, 27, is ridiculed for saying she felt 'threatened' and 'scared' when four Sikh men boarded her plane, questioned why they were allowed to fly and described them as a 'different type of Muslim' Jess Hilarious has been forced to apologize after posting a series of videos to her four million followers in which she confused Sikh men for Muslims The comic says: ' Where are they going?' filming the men as they got on the plane She later adds: 'If I'm scared, I'm scared. F**k y'all. I felt threatened' Jess, who appears on Fox comedy Rel, continues her tirade after being allowed back on the evacuated plane, saying it's ironic 'I don’t see those people' Later appears to have called the men Muslim in a now deleted apology She has been labelled as Islamophobic and ignorant online and forced to say sorry to both the Muslim and Sikh communities in a later video In it she admits to being 'unaware of Sikhs' and says she is 'still learning' Jess posted the clips online just a day after the New Zealand terror attack By Lauren Fruen For Dailymail.com Published: 15:38, 19 March 2019 | Updated: 17:17, 19 March 2019 e-mail 207 shares 40 View comments A comedian has been ridiculed online after saying she was 'threatened' and 'scared' by four Sikh men boarding her plane before describing them as a 'different type of Muslim'. Instagram star Jess Hilarious, 27, posted a series of videos to her four million followers in which she commented on the four passengers wearing turbans, getting onto her plane. The comic, real name Jessica Moore, is now under fire for the Instagram posts, which she has since deleted. In one clip, the comedian, who stars in Fox comedy Rel, can be heard saying: 'Where are they going? Where are they going?' as the men board her flight. She later reaffirms her fear after the plane was emptied of passengers for unknown reasons, adding: 'If I'm scared, I'm scared. F**k y'all. F**k how y'all feel. Y'all mad at me because I don't side with every other black person. Because I don't side with every other race—f**k y'all. 'I feel how I feel, I felt threatened, and that was it. And I'm not flying there. We were evacuated, b***h! Why? Why, with no reason explained at all, no technical difficulties or nothing. Y'all going to listen to Jess with the mess one day, because my news is real.' Once back on the plane she continued her tirade, suggesting the reason the plane had been evacuated was because of the men, adding: 'So, how ironic is it that we boarded the same plane and I don’t see those people. Yeah, we’re fully boarded. Eat my a**.' Video playing bottom right... Click here to expand to full page +10 Jess Hilarious posted a series of videos to her four million followers in which she commented on the four passengers wearing turbans, getting onto her plane +10 The comedian, who stars in Fox comedy Rel, can be heard saying: 'Where are they going? Where are they going?' as the men board her flight +10 This now deleted apology has been attributed to the actress in which she says 'I was totally unaware of the different types of Muslims, so yes I’m ignorant to the facts so TEACH ME' It is not known why the plane was originally evacuated. The Sikh Coalition blasted her actions as 'spewing fearful, bigoted rhetoric'. A spokesman told the DailyMail.com: 'The Comedian Jess Hilarious spewed fearful, bigoted rhetoric about visibly Sikh passengers on social media this weekend. No community should be the target of hate and bigotry. 'In addition, we invite Jess to participate in an interfaith educational training, which would cover the dangers of racial and religious profiling.' She also quickly came under fire online after people labelled her Islamophobic and ignorant. One said: 'Also, Sikhs aren’t Muslims. Even if they were, that’s not a bad thing. You’re canceled.' Another added: 'Really disappointed in jesshilarious and the islamophobic (sic) comments she made, not that there’s EVER a good time but right now? bigger yikes. I truly hope someone pulls her aside and makes this moment teachable, but also nobody owes her that. there’s FREE knowledge on the interwebs.' And one wrote: 'So apparently @jess_hilarious wasn't the reason these men were removed from the plane. This doesn't change that she was ignorant and Islamophobic. It's always a bad time to be that way, but this is particularly a bad time.' The comedian Jess Hilarious spewed fearful, bigoted rhetoric about visibly Sikh passengers on social media this weekend. No community should be the target of hate and bigotry. Jess has now been forced to apologize to both the Muslim and Sikh communities. In a video captioned 'Official Statement Regarding Sikh & Muslim Community' Jess tells her followers: 'So, naturally in my previous post, I was defensive, but that’s what happens when you don’t take the time to really know what’s transpiring. 'In understanding the error of my actions, I have to first acknowledge the rooted issues, which means racially profiling a group of individuals based on their appearance and on top of that—publicizing it on a platform where others can be hurt by it and others were hurt from it. 'I’m not sure if these particular individuals that were on the plane are aware of my actions by now, but either way, I would love to apologize personally to them first for my insensitive and ignorant behavior. 'I am still learning and I was unaware of Sikhs. A lot of them reached out to me and educated me on who they are and what they stand for.' Jess came under fire online after users pointed out that the men were Sikh and not Muslim and 'even if they were that's not a bad thing' +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 Jess has now been forced to apologize to both the Muslim and Sikh communities +10 Jess posted the videos online just a day after the New Zealand terror attack RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Mobster John Gotti Jr is demanding a police apology after... Music video director who worked with Michael Jackson says he... Share this article Share She added: 'Yet, I would still like to apologize to all of you who were aware and offended by my actions. I refuse to teach, spread or be an advocate for hatred—I just want to make people laugh.' In an earlier, now deleted, apology attributed to the actress she is said to have written: 'I saw four people of that calibre and I just revert back to the past. 'I was totally unaware of the different types of Muslims, so yes I’m ignorant to the facts so TEACH ME.' Jess posted the videos online just a day after the New Zealand terror attack in which 50 people were killed at two mosques. She confirmed she will be donating $15,000 to the victims of the tragedy. DailyMail.com has contacted a representative for Jess for comment. Share or comment on this article: Comedian accused of Islamophobia for saying Sikh men on her plane made her feel 'threatened' https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6826339/Comedian-accused-Islamophobia-saying-Sikh-men-plane-feel-threatened.html
  8. WJKKWJKF, Just a heads up for Sikhs in the UK. This UK based restaurant owner who also is runs a political website on Malaysian politics has made anti-Sikh and anti-Turban statements against a top Sikh Malaysian policeman a couple of days back. This is the original article:https://www.malaysia-today.net/2018/09/28/amar-singhs-turban-must-be-too-tight/ This is the Sikh policemans response: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/29/amar-calls-rpk-racist-over-turban-remark/ Another article by the UK restaurant owner justifying his racist remarks: https://www.malaysia-today.net/2018/09/29/muslims-wearing-turbans-are-terrorists-and-extremists/ This individual Raja Petra Kamaruddin runs with his family this restaurant http://gossiponbroadway.com located at 2,BROADWAY, NEW MOSTON, MANCHESTER, UK M40 3LN. This is a heads up for all Sikhs to decide for yourself if you would still want to patronise a business run by a racist bigot who believes in Malay race supremacy over all other races in Malaysia while they are our masters and we are the foreigners who live at their mercy. Please spread this information to everyone you know,Sikh or non-Sikh. This is the best way to send a message to bigots and race supremacists that their hatred would not be tolerated any longer by us ordinary folk. Thank you.
  9. The biggest preparators of Sikhphobic hate crime and attacks offline and online have been muslim fascists and far right wing racist white nationalists. Yet Sikhs have been extremely slow recognising this fact and speaking out against it. Even the term "sikhphobia/sikhphobic" is relatively new and should have been used ages ago when muslims started to come out with islamophobia, homosexuals with homophobia and jews with antisemitism.
  10. Just the other day I had some incident with a racist boss who made some snide remarks. I wont go into detail but it was some nasty racist stuff. How to deal with these racist bosses? p.s on a sidenote most of the racism I have dealt with has been in the voluntary work sector. Where bosses can get away with alot of racist abuse as the volunteer has little rights. To go in breif details this female manager has done similar things to other asian workers. I felt like having a real go at her to give her a taste of her own medicine. I am still actually thinking of doing this. But then I thought as a man I should not do this to a woman. But maybe I should as this is the only way she will learn.
  11. http://metro.co.uk/2017/04/03/shopkeeper-sent-flying-after-being-hit-by-car-while-defending-polish-boy-6549914/ https://www.gofundme.com/amo-singh-stroud-antiracism
  12. Man shouting 'get out of my country' shoots dead Indian engineer 'because he thought he was Middle Eastern' Adam Purinton alleged to have uttered racist slurs before opening fire at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injuring patrons Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot A Kansas man has been charged with shooting dead an Indian man and wounding another Indian man and an American in a bar, in a suspected hate crime. Adam Purinton, 51, was charged in Johnson County, Kansas, with one count of premeditated first degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first degree murder, Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe told a news conference. Purinton is accused of shooting and killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounding Alok Madasani, also 32, in the Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, on Wednesday evening, according to a statement from the Olathe Police Department. At least one bystander told the Kansas City Star that the man shouted "get out of my country" before shooting the Indian men. He is also accused of wounding American Ian Grillot, 24, who was shot when he tried to intervene, the Kansas City Star reported. Witnesses told the Kansas City Star and The Washington Post that Purinton was thought to have been kicked out the bar Wednesday night before the shooting took place. “He seemed kind of distraught,” Garret Bohnen, a regular at Austin’s who was there that night told The Washington Post in an interview. “He started drinking pretty fast.” He reportedly came back into the bar and hurled racial slurs at the two Indian men, including comments that suggested he thought they were of Middle Eastern descent. When he started firing shots, Grillot, a regular at the bar whom Bohnen called “everyone’s friend,” intervened. Two officials from the Indian consulate in Houston were going to Kansas to meet the injured men and police to "ascertain more details of the incident and monitor follow up action," Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup said in a statement. Witnesses told The Washington Post that Purinton was thought to have been kicked out the bar Wednesday night before the shooting took place. “He seemed kind of distraught,” Garret Bohnen, a regular at Austin’s who was there that night told Post in an interview. “He started drinking pretty fast.” He reportedly came back into the bar and hurled racial slurs at the two Indian men, including comments that suggested he thought they were of Middle Eastern descent. When he started firing shots, Grillot, a regular at the bar whom Bohnen called “everyone’s friend,” intervened. "I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family," Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said in a Tweet. The US embassy in New Delhi condemned the shooting. "The United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study, and live," US Charge d'Affaires MaryKay Carlson said in a statement. "US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case, though we recognise that justice is small consolation to families in grief." Howe would not elaborate on the details of the incident or the motive for the shooting. "We want to be able to be sure about our facts versus speculation. So we are not prepared at this point to talk about the particular facts of the case because this is still very fresh," Howe said. Kavipriya Muthuramalingam, a friend and former colleague of the shooting victim, has raised more than $250,000 via a crowd-funding website to help his family with funeral and other expenses. "This came as an incredible shock - as he is one of the most gentle, nicest human beings you would meet," Muthuramalingam said. "He was non-confrontational, non-controversial, easy-going, always smiling." The killing led news bulletins in India and drew strong reactions on social media, amid growing concerns that US President Donald Trump's "America First" rhetoric on immigration and jobs has fuelled a climate of intolerance. "Don't be shocked! Be angry! Trump is spreading hate. This is a hate crime! RIP #SrinivasKuchibhotla," Siddharth, a well known South Indian actor, tweeted to his 2.6 million followers. Trump's election was welcomed at first by many in India who interpreted his calls to restrict immigration by Muslims as signalling support towards Hindu-majority India, which for decades has been at odds with Pakistan, its largely Muslim neighbour. But the Trump administration also has skilled Indian workers like Kuchibhotla in mind as it considers curbing the H-1B visa program, worrying both India's $150 billion IT services industry and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. Kuchibhotla's Facebook page, where he called himself "Srinu", said he joined Garmin in 2014 from Rockwell Collins. He took a master's in electronics from the University of Texas in El Paso from 2005-07, according to LinkedIn. He was married but had no children. The FBI was investigating whether the incident was a hate crime. "We are looking at whether the crime was committed via bias motivation. We are really at the preliminary stage at looking at every aspect," said Eric Jackson, special agent in charge of the FBI's Kansas City Field Office, during the news conference. The US attorney office in Kansas and the US Department of Justice will also evaluate the case as more evidence is gathered, Tom Beall, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas said, the Kansas City Star reported. The United States saw a wave of hate crimes, including a spike in anti-immigrant incidents, during the first month after Trump's election in November, the Southern Poverty Law Centre reported. Kuchibhotla and Madasani were engineers who worked at Garmin as members of the Aviation Systems Engineering team, the Star reported. "We're saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night's incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved," the company said in a statement, according to the newspaper. The suspect fled from the bar on foot and was apprehended five hours later at an Applebeeâs in Clinton, Missouri, where he reportedly told an employee that he needed a place to hide out because he had just killed two Middle Eastern men, the Star reported. Purinton, who was not armed, was arrested without incident, the newspaper reported. Purinton, a Navy veteran, was being held on a $2 million bond in the Henry County Jail, where he waived his right to fight extradition to Johnson County, the paper reported. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/kansas-bar-shooting-murder-srinivas-kuchibhotl-racial-motivated-adam-purinton-prosecutors-austins-a7596846.html
  13. AMRITSAR: Sikhs in the UK have blamed the government for ignoring the incidents of hate crimes directed at the community. "The Sikh Federation, UK was dismayed when the Hate Crime Action Plan was issued in July, which appeared to have been written as though the estimated 750,000 British Sikh community did not exist," said Gurjit Singh of the Federation to TOI on Thursday. He said the body had written to Prime Minister Theresa May, UK home secretary Amber Rudd and secretary of the state at the department for communities and local government Sajid Javid about the hate crime directed towards the visible Sikh community. He said for Sikhs it was not a new phenomenon following the Brexit vote, but something that raised its ugly head at the national and international level more than 15 years ago post 9/11 and had not been properly acknowledged by the successive British governments. Chair of Sikh Federation, UK, Amrik Singh said, "More than 30 years ago Sikhs were legally recognized by the law lords, the highest court in the country, as a 'race' and afforded protection. However, whilst individual Sikhs have been successful to prosecute in cases of direct and indirect discrimination, the community as a whole has continued to suffer in silence." He said PM May announced in late August that 'race audits' would be conducted within 12 months. "Given the way the home office and others have dealt with hate crimes directed towards Sikhs, we expect the home office to come up short and give new meaning to term 'institutional racism,'" he said.Network of Sikh Organizations, in its letter to the home secretary on November 30, stated, "At the beginning of the year we uncovered some important statistics. Twenty-eight percent of the victims of so-called 'Islamophobic' hate crime were in fact non-Muslim - Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and those of no recorded faith." http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/UK-Sikh-body-says-British-govt-ignoring-hate-crimes-against-community/articleshow/55736611.cms
  14. Canada apologizes for 1914 rejection of Asian migrant ship Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologizes, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, for a 1914 Canadian government decision that barred most of the passengers of the Komagata Maru from entering the country. Canadian officials refused to allow the Indians in, even though they were British subjects just like every other Canadian of the time. The chartered vessel was carrying 376 Indian passengers, nearly all of them Sikhs, bound for what they thought would be a new life in Canada. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) The Associated Press By ROB GILLIES Posted: May. 18, 2016 8:00 am Updated: May. 18, 2016 9:38 pm TORONTO (AP) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in Parliament on Wednesday for a government decision in 1914 to turn away a ship carrying hundreds of South Asian immigrants. The Komagata Maru from Hong Kong arrived off Vancouver only to have almost all of its 376 passengers, nearly all of them Sikhs from India, denied entry due to immigration laws at the time. The passengers were hoping to challenge Canadian immigration law, which refused entry to any Indians who had not arrived in Canada via a continuous journey from the Indian mainland nearly impossible at the time. The law was seen as a measure to stymie Indian arrivals. Officials refused to allow the Indians in, even though they were British subjects just like every other Canadian of the time. After 20 passengers who had previously lived in Canada were allowed to disembark, the ship was turned away. The ship was eventually sent to Calcutta, and least 19 people were killed in a skirmish with British soldiers. Others were jailed. "Canada's government was, without question, responsible for the laws that prevented these passengers from immigrating peacefully and securely," Trudeau said. "For that, and for every regrettable consequence that followed, we are sorry." Opposition leaders also apologized. New Democrat leader Thomas Mulcair called it "racism, plain and simple." A spectator in the public gallery hollered out a Punjabi slogan that signals happiness after Trudeau spoke. Former prime minister Stephen Harper apologized at an event in British Columbia in 2008, but members of the Sikh community have long said an apology should be offered formally in Parliament. There are more than a million Canadians of South Asian descent. Trudeau had pledged to make an apology during his election campaign last year. He noted in Parliament on Wednesday that Canada's current defense minister, Harjit Sajjan, once commanded the reserve regiment that turned back the Komagata Maru and thanked him for helping the Komagata Maru incident get national attention. "Before entering political life, the minister was the commanding officer of the British Columbia Regiment Duke of Connaught's Own the same regiment that once forced out the Komagata Maru," Trudeau said to applause. "A century ago, the minister's family might well have been turned away from Canada. Today, the minister sits beside us, here, in this House." Sajjan tweeted that he was humbled and grateful and he thanked Trudeau.
  15. Is britian a racist country or becomming more that way? I have noticed that many south Asians in the uk choose to be self employed. This is because of a lack of opportunities and racism in recruitment for jobs. Many are turned away from jobs simply for being asian by white employers/managers. Anyone experienced racism or difficulty getting up the career ladder due to race related issues?
  16. ‘If we did nothing we would be killed on the streets’ – Benjamin Zephaniah on fighting the far right Racist violence was never far away for the poet and author when he was growing up. And even when the thugs put on suits, the threat of the far right never disappeared. In this exclusive extract, he explains how he learned to fight back This is personal. It started when I was about eight years old. I was walking on Farm Street in Hockley, Birmingham, where my family lived. I was in my own little world, having poetic thoughts and wondering what the future held for me. Then, bang, I felt an almighty slap on the back of my head and I fell to the floor. A boy had hit me with a brick as he rode past on his bicycle. As I lay on the ground with blood pouring from the back of my head, he looked back and shouted: “Go home, you black <banned word filter activated>.” I had no idea what he was talking about. I was going home. Who was black? What was a <banned word filter activated>? At home my mother sat me down and explained to me that there were some people in this country that didn’t like people who were not white, and they wanted us to go back home. I spent the next few months wondering where my “real” home was – I thought it was in Birmingham – and what was so great about being white, and why would anyone want to hit someone because of the colour of their skin? I was growing up confused, but a couple of years later I felt the need to show my independence and spend some time away from my family, so I decided to visit my local youth club. The game of choice for young boys back then was table tennis, a game that I had played a few times and was quite good at. When I arrived at the centre I went straight to the table-tennis table and watched a few games; then I plucked up the courage and asked if I could play. I was quickly surrounded by a group of young boys and girls who started pushing me towards the door and telling me that black people should not come to this club. I was pushed and tripped to the floor a couple of times but I was relieved to see an adult arrive on the scene and come to my rescue. But he wasn’t much help. He did tell the mob to leave me alone, and then he took me into his office, where he told me that it would be best if I didn’t come back to the youth club because I would upset the atmosphere. He said they were like a family at the club, and I should find a family of my own. These are just two examples of the racism that I experienced as a very young boy. I understood very quickly that I had to grow up tough and that I had to always be on the lookout for strangers who hated me and anyone like me. For the next few years I suffered many racist attacks, but I became streetwise. I learned boxing and kung fu so I could look after myself. But there was not much I could do when I was surrounded by 20 of them, and there was not much I could do when the perpetrators were the police. The police brought another level of difficulty to my life, but that’s another story. In order to escape the unemployment, the “thug life” and the West Midlands police force, in 1979 I left Birmingham and headed to London. I found myself in Leyton, east London, which looked very much like the community I had left in Birmingham: working-class white people, who on the whole were enjoying the benefits of a multicultural community. The music of youth then was punk, reggae, ska and soul. Street and park festivals were popular, and (on the whole) the attitude of youth was that we had to stick together in order to overcome the miseries of unemployment, and music was a great way of bringing us together. But it didn’t take long for me to realise that there were two big issues that we had to deal with day after day, and night after night: the police, who had something called the “sus” law that they used to use against us, and the National Front. National Front members tended to have low-cut or shaved hair, rolled-up jeans and steel-capped boots, and they made no attempt to hide the fact that their main purpose was to rid the country of foreigners. They would roam the streets and viciously attack people who weren’t like them. They would often crash our clubs and cause destruction, or they would wait until we left the clubs, follow us for a while, and then attack. There were many times when I had to fight my way out of clubs, or fight my way home, but one of the most violent attacks I ever witnessed happened one night at Stratford. Stratford was a place that was proud of its multicultural makeup. I felt safe there, although I knew that not far away there were no-go areas for black people. Barking and Canning Town were places we were told never to visit. They were National Front strongholds and the racists there clearly marked their boundaries. Canning Town was adjacent to Stratford, where one hot, sticky night I was walking home as slowly as I could. I noticed a couple waiting for a bus who looked as if they were passionately in love. They hugged and kissed so much that I had to lower my gaze in embarrassment. After one long kiss the bus arrived and to my surprise the boy got on the bus, leaving the girl to walk home. I know it was sexist to assume that it was the boy walking the girl to the bus stop, but that was me back then; I was learning. As the girl began to walk away, skinheads (from Canning Town) began to emerge from every nearby shop doorway. They surrounded the girl, calling her a “nigger lover” and a “slag”; they kicked her to the ground and continued to kick her, until I and another passerby intervened. Intervened might be too strong a word; we distracted them just enough to allow the girl to get up and run away, but in the process we got quite a kicking ourselves. What really struck me about this incident was the viciousness of the attack. Strong young men, ranging in age from 16 to 30, kicking, punching and stamping on a girl who was no older than 18. She was white like them, but they hated her because of her love for a black man. Each one of them was filled with hatred for someone they had never met, and someone who could have been related to one of them. They hated us, and they hated anyone who didn’t hate us, and they had even more hatred for anyone who would dare to love us. As a young Rastafarian I was taught not to hate, and it wasn’t in my nature to hate – after all, we were listening to music that was all about peace and love and bringing people together. We wanted to be living examples of how people could live together, but we knew that if we did nothing we would be killed on the streets. We knew that the National Front was a Nazi front, so our slogan became “Self-defence is no offence”, and we meant it. To defend ourselves in local communities up and down the country, black and Asian groups organised self-defence groups. These were people who would spring into action, defending (when possible) anyone who was attacked. In London, we had a group called Red Action, a bunch of leftwingers who operated like an alternative police force. They would come to clubs and gatherings and make sure that the event was not invaded and that people got home safely. There were no mobile phones so they would communicate with each other using walkie-talkies, and they would react to our distress calls much quicker than Her Majesty’s police force. Then there was the legendary Sari Squad. These were women, mainly of south Asian origin, who were experts in various martial arts and ready and willing to take on any racists who would try to spoil our fun. They fought with style, and would usually burst into song after seeing off any attackers. The National Front did not hide their bigotry. They chanted racist songs, they praised fascist heroes and they did Nazi salutes; but then something strange happened. A schism appeared. They had put up candidates in elections before, but now a group within the “movement” thought that they should seek more respectability and concentrate their efforts on becoming a real political party by seeking power through the ballot box. We still had to fight them on the streets. But now some of them had begun wearing suits and appearing on television programmes. They even made party political broadcasts, which some argued was a major contributor to their downfall. They were a great example of a political party with no intellectual base at all. We knew that in order to make Britain more British they planned to get rid of immigrants, but now we also knew that to cut crime they were going to get rid of immigrants, to save the National Health Service they were going to get rid of immigrants, to bring inflation down they were going to get rid of immigrants, to get the traffic moving they were going to get rid of immigrants, and to improve the British weather they were going to get rid of immigrants. It was the only idea they had. The National Front continued to argue among themselves about how racist they should be and where they should concentrate their racism, and as they did so their membership began to wane. And so Combat 18 and the British National Party (BNP) began to grow. For a while the popular face of racism was the BNP, but then they lost their thunder, and then came the UK Independence Party (Ukip) and the English Defence League (EDL). This is not a subject I studied; I was only interested in all this because I was a writer and commentator, so there were times when I would have to confront their members on TV debates, but – I’m going to repeat myself – we still had to fight them on the streets. When the racists were busy changing their names and public personas, the majority of their victims weren’t concerned with what they were calling themselves. When they were deciding whether or not they should be wearing suits or boots, we were not considering how we should dress in response; we were still fighting for our lives on the streets. At various times we were being told by the racists that their enemies were the “Pakis”, or “Jamaican yardies”, or the “Islamic fundamentalists”, but whatever they say, whatever they call themselves, they have been attacking the same people on the streets, and we (those same people) still have to fight them on the streets. Nothing much has changed. I have drawn strength and inspiration from the many people who have stood up to the racist thugs and defended our freedom to walk the streets over the years. When the police would not take attacks on black people seriously, allowing gangs of racists to roam the streets, hunting us down, and when those same police drew inspiration from a government that accused immigrants of swamping Britain, we were left to ourselves. There are many unsung heroes who really did put their lives on the line in our struggle. Some died in action, and we must always remember them. There are no monuments to them, there is no state recognition of them, but they are true martyrs. But I am saddened by some of the people who fought the racists that have now become part of the establishment; at best they tolerate racism by the establishment, at worst they become a part of it. Many became part of what was called “the race industry”. They were skilled in applying for grants and starting projects, or they were skilled at positioning themselves to get the “good” jobs in the booming “race industry”. This is not a criticism of them; I just want to make the point (again) that when they were doing all that, we were still fighting them on the streets. Blair Peach, Stephen Lawrence, Anthony Walker or the girl I saw being beaten in Stratford were not in meetings when they were attacked; they were not applying for grants or running for parliament when they were attacked; they were all walking the streets. I have to agree with those who claim that the political elite has neglected the white working class. There are poor white people living in ghettoes all over Britain, they live in terrible housing conditions, their traditional industries have been destroyed, their schools are being run down, and governments of all colours have been ignoring their cries for help for decades. It’s true. What is also true is that there are poor black people living in ghettoes all over Britain. They also live in terrible housing conditions, their traditional industries have been destroyed, their schools are being run down, and governments have been ignoring their cries for help since the creation of the slave trade and the building of the British empire. It is precisely for these reasons that I have always thought that these poor white people and these poor black people should unite and confront the people who oversee all of our miseries. It is classic divide and rule. The biggest fear of all of the mainstream politicians is that we all reach a point where we understand how much we have in common and, instead of turning on ourselves, we turn on them. In poetry and prose I have said that unity is strength, and that we should get to a point where we are not talking about black rights or white rights, Asian rights or rights for migrant workers; we are just talking about our rights. As long as people of colour and minority groups are seen as the other, as long as we are being blamed for all of society’s ills (including too many cars on our roads), we will keep trying to get our politicians to be honest, and we will continue to call on the white working classes to unite with us. But, if they don’t, we will still have to fight racists on the streets. This is personal. Extracted from the introduction to Angry White People: Coming face-to-face with the British far right, by Hsiao-Hung Pai, published by Zed Books on 15 March, £12.99. The author will be at Waterstones Trafalgar Square, 12 April, 7pm. To reserve a place, email trafalgarsq@waterstones.com http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/28/if-we-did-nothing-we-would-be-killed-on-the-streets-benjamin-zephaniah-on-fighting-the-far-right
  17. Just when you thought the leftest punjabi atheist extremist sunny hundal couldn't get any lower well he does. He goes an abuses tommy robinson using racist language and then try's to defend himself and cover himself using the shield of the Sikh community. When the whole world knows by now that Sunny hundal is an anti-sikh punjabi atheist bigot who defends islam and islamo-fascism to the max but chose softer targets like our community to attack over the years.
  18. Islam is a religion not a race Many bad ideas in islam as well like muhammad marrying aisha when she was 9 if people attack bad ideas in islam how would that make them a racist
  19. Seems like an unjust and illegal entry denial to me. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3417484/British-businessman-denied-entry-skin-colour.html
  20. I wanted to know if anyone else has had experiences of racist/funny reactions from blacks. Out of all the ethnicities in London, it is black people I feel I get the funniest looks from when wearing a dastar. I very nearly got into a fight with one once too because he kept looking at me (mind you I kept looking at him too). I have experienced similar looks throughout the years when wearing a dastar or patka from black men and women alike. Once a black woman was properly eyeballing me when I was younger in a patka. I saw an incident at the Nagar Kirtan after party in Southall once where a black man was being abusive to all the Sikhs. Then I heard from someone I worked with (a Sikh) that a black man randomly attacked him at the Vaisakhi celebrations another year (he bit his face for no reason). Then I remember seeing another black man during the actual day parade another year walking through the crowd like he wanted to beat someone up. Absolute chip on his shoulder. The nerve on this guy (he was surrounded by thousands of Sikhs). And then I remember someone posted something on this forum once about an incident at the Nagar Kirtan up north where a man aggressively drove through the crowd and hit or nearly hit someone with his car. Again, he turned out to be black. I am the only once who has noticed this or does there seem to be some sort of issue they have against Sikhs? Or is it all in my head? With all the recent Islamophobic attacks, funnily, a good chunk of them have been from black people. Again, todays news shows two black women beating up a muslim woman in Southwark on a bus. Mind you, all the incidents I have described happened way before the recent wave of Islamophobia. I don't know what their issues are if there are any (maybe they are jealous on some level) that we have kept our culture/heritage? Or perceive us to be weak targets (religious good boys they can bully or something like that?) I don't know. I'm perplexed.
  21. We can only imagine this sort of hate to increase following the siege in Sydney. http://www.firstpost.com/living/racist-comments-after-facebook-video-starred-sikh-man-1850657.html The above video @ link looks quite innocuous, it's about tips for using Facebook and how likes ensure that your News Feed gets more content. And sure while some of us might not like Facebook videos on our News Feed, that doesn't mean we're going to start swearing at the person in the video who happens to be Vishavjit Singh, an Indian-American Sikh and New York-based cartoonist. Singh has a website called Sikhtoons for his cartoons. When the video was put up on Facebook's Tips page, most of the comments were racist, some calling Singh a 'rag head' or terrorist. As Singh himself noted in this post on Salon, the comments were something like this, “Get the sand niggef off my news feed. Please and thank you." "im not takeing advice from men it those kinda hats period lol” “Bombs..made by him. Lmfao” “Terrorist” “Why would you use a towel head to promote this, ur as crooked as Obama…….no wonder ur a billionaire” One comment even had a person saying, “I had rather cut my wrist than see this.” One person called him an ISIS terrorist, while another asked if they could "borrow your towel on your head I ran out of toilet paper please sir?" Screenshot from Facebook video Singh wrote in the post, "These users have taken umbrage with my countenance. A turban, mustache and a DNA spiral of a beard have provoked a range of responses, some of which I have never heard before despite being stereotyped and targeted all my life for standing out." In an interview to Huffington Post Singh said, "I don't know who these people are. I don't know their stories. If I were to judge them, then I'm a bit more like them in that moment." Racism against Sikhs and basically anyone who is not white is nothing new. Post 9/11 attacks, Sikhs have often been targeted in the America and even other Western countries, their turbans often mistaken for a sign that their were Arab Muslims. The Huffington Post piece points out that Singh had moved to India a child and survived the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom and has faced "abuse and stereotyping," in America as well. This is not the first time that a Sikh man in an ad for a prominent company had faced racist comments or backlash. Last year clothing company GAP had released posters with Sikh actor and jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia. The posters were then vandalised with racist comments. In response, the company had then made the posters their cover photo for both their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Facebook Tips video featuring Vishavjit Singh has been viewed close to five million times. A number of recent comments on the post though have criticised the racist comments and called them shameful.
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    Racism In The Workplace

    I have just started a new job. I havent had many to begin with so dont have much experience about the different work places and enviroments. I got the job after going through the application process. And the person who chose me for the job is nice. However the main boss who is a whiye man. Doesnt seem to come across welcoming. Infact ive only been there twice so far ad its a part time job. But I get the feeling this guy is a racist old msn type that doesmt want me there. Ive been polite and triendly to eveyone but the vibes im getting from the senior white guys seems like racism. Maybe they are like this because im new I dont know. Everytime I speak to a girl I am also trestef with suspicion. Ive only been there two days and I hate the racist looks.
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    Should I Fight?

    I got into a fight at school with a kid who trying to be funny by taking the mic out of my phag, I got into a right with with him and gave him a bloody nose and a bruise under his eye, I got called into student services and had to talk with several teachers, I thought I did the writing because tbh he deserved it, I gave him a chance to apologise he didn't so I took maters serious, but now I really don't know if it was write, the way I think is, I'm the son of Sri guru gobind Singh ji, I've had countless racial abuse over my life and thats the reason I trained kick boxing and got stronger, so I could fight these ignorant people, but when I had a chat with one of the teachers she wa telling me all this stuff about how you can't solve everything with ur fists and stuff, this teacher was black and she wa talking about how she just ignores people when they're racist to her and suggested I do the same but it's not that easy, then I had a chat with another teacher, I told her I wanted to serve justice, isn't it justice if I stand up for my religion and beliefs when they are vein treatened? But then she told me allthia stuff about Sikhs having to be humble and what u did wasn't it (this teacher was Sikh btw that why he said that) and then she said who am I to serve justice and that I can't fight the whole world when they're racist what she said kinda made sense. I thought my mentality was right but after hearing all those lectures I don't know what to think anymore, I wanted to know ur views was what I did right and should I carry on trying to serve justice how I am or is this just a teenage phase or an erge for fighting that I have ? Was what I did childish coz at the time I didn't feel that way, if I compare all the physical pain I've indured over my life to all the mental pain which came from society being racist then I have to say the mental pain wa way worse, sorry for writing so much just felt like I ha to get this all of my chest asap! Please help !!! Thankyou Wjkk wjkf
  24. WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH ADMIN ji, benti, can we please put a ban on racist language. Terms such as "p*ki" etc which seem to be used on the regular on this forum. In the same other profane terms are banned, can a ban be applied to these racist terms please? * P*ki: Chiefly British Offensive Slang. Used as a disparaging term for a person of Pakistani or South Asian birth or descent. The term may be used amongst people of Pakistani decent, however, what right does that give us to use the term? And those who do use it in a derogatory manner, are only associating themselves with those people. As a Sikh forum, one of very few, this platform for healthy discussion attracts people from all walks of life. Sikhs wanting to further their knowledge of Sikhi and non-Sikhs wanting to gain an understanding of Sikhs and Sikhi, respectively. Currently, there are two discussions where profane language is being used. Is this the image we want to create of Sikhs and Sikhi alike? There are children using this site. Yes, this is a forum and therefore discussions can not always be restricted. However, in the same way that other profanity is banned, words such as the "F" word etc, racist terms should also be banned. In the end, it comes down to us, the users of this amazing platform, to watch what we say. In an ideal world, Admin would not need to ban any words. We must ask ourselves, is this what we have been taught by our Guru Sahib? And is this the image we want to create of ourselves? We are Sikhs. Children of our father, Dasam Pita, Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaaj. Pul chuk muaf ji WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH
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