Monday, April 24, 2017

Sikh American had a unique way to fight hate

Angad Singh in New York City's Times Square.
IN THIS Trump-inspired era of hate, haters gonna hate. But what's the rest of us going to do?

One man, Angad Singh, took to the public square - Times Square to be clear - to educate others because of the killing of Timothy Caughman, an African/American. The murder suspect was a white man, charged with committing an act of terrorism in Caughman’s fatal stabbing.

"The only way we can tackle hate is by actively challenging the ignorance that surrounds us," said Singh.

"But I'm not scared to do so because for me, putting my turban on is the most American thing I can do."

On March 20, Caughman was stabbed to death with a sword by a 28-year-old white U.S. Army veteran James Jackson. Jackson was charged with second degree murder as a hate crime but the charges were later upgraded to an act of terrorism. He told police that he considered the killing to be "practice prior to going to Times Square to kill additional black men," according to the complaint.

Singh posted a video of him putting on his turban, a simple, but significant, action. The video went viral when it was posted about a month ago, but I thought I'd share.