This cartoon of Uncle Sam hugging a Sikh appeared in newspapers nationwide on August 8, 2012.
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Creator: Michael Ramirez
Story:September 11, 2001, changed America forever.
Many immigrants and racial minorities, including those from India, no longer felt safe or welcome here. Sikhs, some of whom traced their American ancestry back multiple generations, were suddenly assumed to be terrorists because of their beards and turbans. Mosques were firebombed. Hindu temples were vandalized. Days after the Twin Tower attacks, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh gas station owner, was shot to death in Mesa, Arizona, by a man who told the police, “I stand for America all the way.”
America’s darkest hours are rooted in discrimination and violence. Like all Americans, Indians are part of this history. Times have changed since the days of slavery and segregation, but as ongoing racial profiling, employment discrimination, and the 2012 killings in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, show, there are still seasons of change to come.
Rights: By permission of Michael Ramirez and Creators Syndicate, Inc.