Remembering Oak Creek One Year Later

Oak Creek pic

I have an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times today on the anniversary of the Oak Creek attack.  Like any act of senseless violence, it should never have happened.  What’s frightening, however, is that our government has done nothing to prevent it from happening again.  Many continue to understate the threat posed by white supremacists and neo-Nazis while the profiling of religious minorities continues.  Also, guns proliferate because a bill calling for universal background checks failed in the US Senate earlier this year.  It’s a deadly cocktail and one that cannot be ignored.

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2 thoughts on “Remembering Oak Creek One Year Later”

  1. Hi Arjun,

    I liked your opinion piece in LA times today. But I take exception to a part of your opinion on President Obama’s comments on tragedy. You wrote, instead, in a clumsily worded speech just after the attack, he relegated Sikhs to part of the “broader American family.” Even though I totally agree with you that he should have been more forceful and clear in his comments but don’t you think that we are part of broader American family? Aren’t we part of America? I think your comments will make other Americans ponder whether Sikhs want to be part of US or not. Thank you.
    Regards
    Harvinder Singh

  2. Hi Harvinder — Thanks for writing. My point is that there is only one American family. Had the victims been white, I doubt President Obama would have called them members of the “broader American family.”

    Arjun

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