August 14's Fact of the Week: Surinder Singh Sidhi

Four months after Balbir Singh Sodhi and the September 11 attacks, Surinder Singh Sidhi, a 47-years-old Sikh liquor store owner in Los Angeles, California, was beaten by two men who entered his store and accused him for being Osama bin Laden. From paranoia to xenophobia, the two men beat Sidhi with metal poles over twenty times repeating, “We’ll kill bin Laden today.” After the hate crime, Kirtan-Singh Khalsa, a spokesman for the Khalsa Council, expressed minimal signs of shock. “The crime was regrettable but not surprising,” he said. “We’re deeply concerned by this event. But we are not shocked. Sikhs are accustomed to ridicule because of wearing turbans.”