Balbir Singh Sodhi

Editorials Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating: (Sept 17 - October)

September 18, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/opinions/articles/0918prothero18.html

On September 18, 2001, The Arizona Republic published Steven Prothero's editorial, "Intolerance deeply rooted in ignorance of religions." It read, in part: "Times like these no doubt call for tolerance. All Americans need to be reminded that we are a nation not only of immigrants but also of religions, that Muslims and Sikhs are as welcome here as are...

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The Murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 17, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/news/articles/0917attacks-hate17.html

On September 17, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported that "Hundreds of people across the Valley on Sunday mourned the slaying in Mesa of a Sikh gas station owner whose only crime, his loved ones say, was that he looked Arabic and wore a turban." The article continued, "Throughout the weekend, hundreds of Valley residents visited the makeshift shrine set up...

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U.S. Sikhs Ask for Unity, Work for Increased Understanding

September 17, 2001

Source: Sikh Network

On September 17, 2001, a coalition of American Sikh organizations issued a statement entitled: "Balbir Singh Sodhi Murdered: Sikh-Americans Plead With The Media And Law Enforcement to Increase Public Awareness About Hate Crimes Against The Sikhs." This statement read in part: "On September 15, 2001 America saw its first fatality of the present crisis that was not caused by foreign terrorists. It was the result of one of many hate crimes, which have been rampant since the terrorist attacks last Tuesday. Balbir Singh Sodhi, an American of Sikh...

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In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence (September 17 - October)

September 17, 2001

Source: The Independent

On September 17, 2001, The Independent (a London-based newspaper) reported that the murders of two gas station owners -- a Sikh man in Arizona and a Muslim man in Texas -- are feared to be hate crimes related to the terror attacks. "In Pleasant Grove, a middle-class suburb of Dallas, Texas, Waqar Hassan Choudhry, 40, was shot dead shortly after 10pm on Saturday. There was no evidence of a robbery and local detectives told Mr Choudhry's family that they suspected his killing was motivated by blind revenge...Balbir Singh Sodhi, 52, was...

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The Murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 17, 2001

Source: The Associated Press

On September 17, 2001, The Associated Press reported that "Hundreds of Sikhs spent Sunday praying at their temple in Glen Avon [California] this time mourning the death of a fellow believer in Arizona. The temple's chairman was a relative of Balbir Singh Sodhi, 49, who was killed Saturday outside a gasoline station he owned in Mesa, Ariz. 'He has a turban and long beard like (Osama) bin Laden and he was killed, just for that,' Singh of Colton told the Riverside Press Enterprise."

Editorials Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating: (Sept 17 - October)

September 17, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Gate

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/09/17/DD216924.DTL

On September 17, 2001, The San Francisco Gate published Jon Carroll's editorial "Support Americans of all faiths." He wrote of the angry mail he had already received, expressing hate for Muslims and Arab Americans, and noted, "It is easy to be tolerant and openhearted in the good times. Our commitment to the ideals of the Constitution is tested in...

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In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence (September 17 - October)

September 17, 2001

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/09/17/gen.hate.crimes/index.html

On September 17, 2001, CNN reported on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Press Conference which "detailed scores of reports of attacks against American Muslims, South Asians and Arabs since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington last week." The article noted that CAIR has "has received reports of harassment of Muslim women and obscenities shouted on the street; bombings,...

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The Murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 16, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 16, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported that in Mesa, Arizona, "A gunman fatally shot the Sikh Indian owner of a convenience store Saturday and sprayed bullets at two other locations in the span of a few minutes, authorities said. Mesa police are investigating the shootings as possible hate crimes because the [other] targets may have been Muslims, said Mesa police Sgt. Mike Goulet."