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White Supremacy in the Golden State: Sikh Targets, Responses, and Solidarities
March 9, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | Virtual Event
On August 25, 2019, Paramjit Singh was murdered while going for his evening stroll in an affluent area of Tracy, CA. The case against the alleged perpetrator, who had affiliations with white supremacist groups, was quickly dropped by the judge and the Singh family has been left shocked.
While specific political economic contingencies increase formations of white supremacist groups, their presence, power, and assertions of paramountcy in California has dated back to its admittance in the Union in 1850. Anti-Asian violence then and now has a particular trajectory in California, and in this discussion we look at how power is asserted locally and which white supremacist groups are most active in various regions of California. Using Sikh-Americans as a specific example, we examine how communities respond, react, and seek to build their own power and solidarities.
Join Naindeep Singh Chann (Executive Director of the Jakara Movement) with Christine Hong (CRES Director & Associate Professor, LIT/CRES ) & Talib Jabbar (Graduate Student, History of Consciousness/CRES Designated Emphasis) as they discuss white supremacy & it’s impact on the Sikh-American community, & how that translates more broadly into anti-Asian violence in California. Based in California’s Central Valley, Jakara is the nation’s largest Punjabi Sikh youth organizing & base-building organization, dedicated to educational justice, immigrant rights, resident empowerment & civic engagement. Naindeep also currently serves as a School Board Trustee member for Central Unified in Fresno County.
Presented by the Center for Racial Justice.