East Bay Sikhs Keeping Tabs On South Carolina's Nikki Haley

June 28, 2010

Author: Matthew Artz

Source: The Mercury News/Oakland Tribune


It's hard for East Bay Sikhs to know what to make of Nikki Haley, the daughter of Sikh parents, darling of the tea party movement and favorite to become South Carolina's first woman and minority governor in November.

Haley's recent victory in that state's Republican primary is evidence that even some of the nation's most conservative voters are willing to embrace minority candidates.

But the campaign, during which one GOP lawmaker used a racial epithet when referring to Haley, and Haley emphasized her conversion to Christianity, left several East Bay Sikhs wondering when their faith will be fully accepted into U.S. public life.