CAPAC Condemns Recent Acts of Violence against Sikh Americans, Voices Concerns about Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Mar 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) condemned a recent shooting in Elk Grove, California, that left one elderly Sikh man dead and another critically injured. Local police believe it may have been a hate crime since the men were dressed in traditional headwear and no other motive has surfaced.  The shooting follows on the heels of a recent hate-motivated beating of a Sikh cab driver in West Sacramento.

“The shooting that took place in Elk Grove over the weekend is truly appalling and tragic,” said CAPAC Chairwoman Judy Chu. “Although we are waiting for more information, the fact that the attack may have been motivated by the victims’ appearances or their perceived religious faith raises even greater concerns. Targeting any group of people based on their religion, ethnicity, race, or national origin is fundamentally un-American, and I am concerned that this point has been lost amidst the rise of incendiary rhetoric aimed at American Muslims, Sikhs, and the South Asian community as a whole.”

“Our entire community must be both alarmed and concerned that this event took place in Sacramento County,” said area Congresswoman Doris Matsui. “Although motives for such a horrific crime are still unknown, the chance that it could have been motivated by hate is unnerving. Hate has no place in our society, and only makes our community weaker.  Sacramento’s diversity should be and is our strength. Every effort by local and federal law enforcement must be used to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice.”
 

###

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.