Sikh Removes Turban out of Fear

April 8, 2002

Source: The Register Guard

On April 8, 2002, The Register Guard reported that on March 29, Gurdial Singh Sarkaria's convenience store in Medford, OR, was vandalized. "After the store's windows were smashed... Sarkaria... removed the red turban of his Sikh religion. The price of wearing it, he says, is too high... [He] now wears his long hair under a smaller head wrap concealed beneath a black baseball cap.

He said he doesn't feel too bad about giving up the turban because he's the only Sikh the family has seen in the Rogue Valley" in Oregon.