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Sikh Skywriting @ Central Park

A word from Taj Chahal:

The primary purpose for running an air sign in Central Park is to
acknowledge the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, and the effects it has on
every American, not one solitary group. I feel it is necessary that we honor
those departed souls with a moment of silence and to offer hope in the form
of solidarity. We must fight hatred among all people and raise awareness of
the silence we choose by not challenging the religious and social ignorance
prevalent in our society. Too often do people believe that because they are
not affected by this lack of knowledge or insight in their daily lives, they
are not affected at all. This is incorrect and needs to be adjusted.

I am choosing to run an air sign because it is necessary to inform,
enlighten, educate, and mourn recent events. The Sikh community is one that
stands for peace and purity. Because of this, it would be an injustice to
not acknowledge and display strength in our unity. For many years, members
of this group have dealt with bullying, name calling, being confused with
other groups, and silently we sat, knowing that forgiveness is key. In light
of recent events, it is necessary that we have our voices heard - that we
speak up and inform the world who Sikhs are and what we stand for - that
though we wear turbans, we are not advocates for violence; that though we're
different shades we are still Americans, in search of the American dream.
The only thing that separates us from any other religious group is the
higher being we believe in and pray to. If all other religious sects
acknowledge different higher beings, then are we not all the same,
ultimately? As demonstrated by last week's malicious incident, life is
indeed short and not a soul knows what the future holds. All of us - as
Sikhs, as Americans deserve to live our lives to the highest capacity life
can be lived. What is life without diversity? What is love without
acceptance? How often do we hold our right hands to our hearts to pledge
allegiance to the American flag? This is a staple of our culture, regardless
of shade or religion. "One nation under god, INDIVISIBLE with liberty and
justice for ALL." This was not just an attack against Sikhs, but against all
Americans. Let's not allow such acts of hatred to divide us as a nation. It
is with great sadness that I reflect on this tragedy, and with great pride
that I present myself today, as a Sikh, as an American and above all as a
human, speaking out.

As we all recover from this deep wound, let us take a pledge to be as brave
and fearless as Lt. Brian Murphy and Satwant Singh Kaleka. Let us stand up
and fight against hate. Let us speak out against ignorance no matter how
small the belief, injustice, act or commentary may be. Above all, let us not
forget that this fight should persist for ALL people, regardless of
religion, race, political standing, gender or nationality. I will conclude
this message by encouraging strength in the face of fear and turbulence.
"Chardi Kala" we'd say in Punjab. Please, no matter the circumstance, do not
forget to remain in high spirits. Stay strong and fulfill your duties. Just
do not forget that one of those duties is to advocate for the proper
treatment of all.

Taj Chahal

Music: "Sleepin" by Jahzzar (Jahzzar (Betterwithmusic))

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Added: Sep-11-2012 Occurred On: Aug-30-2012
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