On Saturday, September 17, 2016 I took my kids to a photo exhibition in the SoHo section of New York City. The Sikh Project is a show that first aired (then called the Singh Project) in London back in 2014. Started by two London based photographers named Amit and Naroop, the exhibition is meant to highlight the Sikh faith, it's practitioners, and its role as a religion of peace. Among the photos on display were comedians, students, entrepreneurs, and superheros. In other words, everyday people just united by their common faith.
In light of the persistent, corrosive stereotypes of people of different backgrounds and faiths, I believed it was important that I support the show. In addition, the photos themselves are gorgeous! I'm working on getting that good.
On a more somber note... On Sunday, September 18, 2016 an explosion occurred in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. As of the time of this blog post, it's being labelled as a possible terrorist attack. While details unfold, be reminded of the fact that the actions of a few are not a reflection of a whole group. People shouldn't be singled out, harassed, or worse because criminals act in the name of a particular faith or ideology. In the case of alleged terrorist acts, in addition to what I outlined above, be aware that Sikhs and Muslims are not of the same faith.
Lastly, I would ask that you be better than your fears, than your ignorance, than those that seek to undermine our common humanity. Be the hero the world needs.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the Sikh Project has a Kickstarter campaign! Amit and Naroop are looking to transform their photos into a book. If you're interested in contributing, click on the link:
*UPDATE* While the original campaign wasn't fully funded, Amit and Naroop have a new one in place! You can learn more (and contribute!) by clicking on the link: