Skip to comments.Dem lawmaker wants the White House to investigate violence against Sikhs
Posted on 08/09/2012 4:05:34 PM PDT by jazusamo
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has called on the Obama administration to take greater steps to protect Sikhs living in the United States.
The Texas Democrat says the recent shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin just the latest in a string of attacks against members of the group since 9/11 is indication that more needs to be done to shield Sikhs from violence.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jackson Lee is urging the Justice Department to create a "task force" to monitor attacks on Sikhs, "determine if additional law enforcement resources need to be put into place" to protect them, and "establish procedures to address incidences impacting targeted communities based on race or religion."
"We cannot tolerate this in America," Jackson Lee wrote in the Aug. 8 letter. "This was not the first incident in the Sikh community and there are numerous others including an attack that occurred just days after the 2001 terrorist attack in which a Sikh owner of gas station in Mesa, Arizona was killed.
"Although they are small in numbers," she added, "they should be protected under our laws as any other citizens of this country."
She's hardly alone. In April, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) led a group of more than 90 House lawmakers in calling on Holder and the DOJ to monitor violence against Sikh-Americans. The group said post 9/11 attacks against Sikhs in Michigan, California, New York and Virginia demanded better vigilance.
"Given that this discrete community is so acutely susceptible to hate violence in the United States," the lawmakers wrote, "we believe it is critically important for authorities to devise means of tracking crimes committed against Sikhs."
Five Sikhs were killed during Sunday's shooting outside Milwaukee, where a single gunman allegedly entered a Sikh temple and began firing, silently and indiscriminately. Although the authorities have yet to name a motive, the suspected gunman, Wade Michael Page, had ties to white supremacist groups, and the FBI is investigating the massacre as an act of "domestic terrorism."
The death toll rose to six when Page, amid a shoot-out with police, took his own life in the temple parking lot, authorities said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups nationwide, said it had long-been following the activities of Page, who had neo-Nazi tattoos and a "white-power" heavy-metal band.
It remains unknown, however, if that background fueled Page's alleged decision to target members of the Sikh community a group that's suffered a spike in attacks following 9/11, perhaps because the turbaned, bearded men are ofter mistaken for Muslims.
Jackson Lee urged the Obama administration combat the domestic attacks as seriously as it does foreign terrorists.
"Our nation is the most diverse on this earth," she wrote in her letter, "and we must be more proactive in identifying potential domestic terrorist whose sole goal is to wreak havoc on the American way of life in the 21st century."
Sunday's temple shooting came just 16 days after the massacre in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman, also allegedly acting alone, stormed into a sold-out movie theater and shot 70 people killing 12 during a midnight screening of the "Dark Knight Rises."
The Colorado shooting renewed the national debate over the effectiveness of the nation's gun laws, with a number of Democrats calling for tougher rules. Those calls have grown stronger in the wake of the Wisconsin tragedy.
Hey Sheila, you didn't call for increased protection for theater goers after the CO incident. You didn't call for increased protection for our military after the Ft. Hood incident.
You're only looking for free publicity for your reelection.
Did that fat piece of crap ever say a word about two dead Federal agents and 300 dead Mexicans killed with guns ostensibly supplied by the ATF and DoJ?
When will Shelia Jackson ask congress/White House to investigate:
1) Knock out game
2) Beat Whitey night
3) The ridiculous high black on white rape occurrence.
4) The insane black on white murder rate
5) Why EVERY city with a majority black population is a cesspool.
That’s a great point and if she did I never read about it.
Of course I’d bet she was silent being she’s one of — well, you know.
Jackson Lee and Pelosi should be roommates in the insane asylum.
She actually stated something that made sense!
Too bad she didn't mean it in a constitutional way.
Of course she wouldn’t be concerned with all that murder going on on the border of Texas. Both sides of it. Her constituents will still vote for her even if they’re dead.
“...over 7,000 of my homies be killed by odda homies ev’ry year and the numba keeps a ris’in. Well I say f’em. We need to make dam sure to protect dem Sikhs betta.”
Not to mention the racist pandering inherent in her actions/non actions.
She’s a disgusting slob
I am just a little surprised at her advocacy of the Sikh ethnicity.
First off, Sikhs are definitely NOT Muslim, and have, over the centuries, taken up arms against Muslim incursions upon traditionally Hindu territory. But just as they are not Muslim, Sikhs are not Hindu either, as they believe in a monotheistic being, probably more on the order of the much older Zoroastrian religion, driven out of Persia in the 7th and 8th Century, and which now only exists in a small enclave in India.
If Sheila Jackson Lee bothered to examine the belief system of the Sikh religion at all, she would find they probably are much different than ever she imagined, and that is certainly not at all compatible with Black Liberation Theology. I repeat, the Sikhs are not Muslim.
“Our nation is the most diverse on this earth,” she wrote in her letter, “and we must be more proactive in identifying potential domestic terrorist whose sole goal is to wreak havoc on the American way of life in the 21st century.”
Obama and Holder have already been ID, Sheila.
Very well said, and 100% true.
The Sikhs have a great heritage and history of being tough and being brave under the scariest of circumstances. This is no thanks to Sheila. She has a heritage and history of being a no-account Liberal.
In a way they are room mates in an insane asylum. That’s what Congress is these days/.
Allan West needs to buy her another Chick Fil A sandwich.
Right! I thought this was weird when I saw the title. Sikhs are GOOD guys. Why would this idiot want to protect them? I guess she thinks they are muzzies. Either that, or she just thinks, "hey, they ain't whitey, so they be ok."
I was just telling an old Navy buddy of mine that Sikhs were good guys.