Source: India-West Newspaper
On March 15, 2002, India-West Newspaper reported "South Asians Main Targets of Sept. 11 Backlash." It noted that "The first major study of bias crimes in the U.S. after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks found that 96 percent of 243 incidents of violence that were documented targeted South Asians. In more than half of the incidents, the targets were Sikhs, whose men wear beards and turbans in accordance with their religious beliefs, making them similar in appearance to terrorist leader Osama bin Laden."
The study, "Backlash: When Americans Turned on Its Own," by the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, is available for download online at: http://www.napalc.org/literature/annual_report/9-11_report.htm