I am not contagious or dangerous, I am simply Sikh
My name is Chattar Singh and I am Sikh… and tired of being called a Muslim! Being Sikh is not a race; it is a way of life. We believe that there is only one God and he is the same God for every religion. I am not here to entertain you and I am not here to try and convince you to switch your religion. I am here to inform you that I am who I am. We Sikh’s are discriminated against everyday here in America ever since 9/11. Why? Because of our appearance, because of the way we speak, and because no one knows the difference between us and Muslims. So before you Americans go and commit another hate crime against us, let me inform you about our daily lives, what we do, and what we have to deal with because of the knowledge you all lack. (Huffington Post,2012)
In the morning before the sun is even out, I am out of bed and taking a relaxing shower. After my shower I meditate in the name of God and I recite my morning compositions which include: the Japji Sahib, Jaap Sahib, Swaye, Chaupai Sahib and the Anand Sahib. (Sikhism 101) The rest of my day isn’t as different as you would expect it to be. I eat breakfast, I go to class, and then I head off to Gurdwara, a Sikh temple, and recite my evening composition the Rehras and then I head off to the library and study for my classes. The last thing I do before I go to bed is what any normal religious person would do, I recite my last prayer, the Sohila Sahib, and then I wake up the next morning and do it all over again. Yeah it seems simple and normal by the way you read it, but in reality there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Every day as I walk to class I get the dirtiest looks from the sorority girls and the frat guys in the quad, I hear the whispers, and I feel the hatred. There doesn’t go a day where I am not being judged and discriminated against. I know it has to do with the Turban on my head and the long beard I have, but people just don’t understand that it is a...