Sikhs visit Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & President Reagan's Legacy concerning Sikhs
Sikhs visit Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & President Reagan's Legacy concerning Sikhs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmNXt0VBOkU
More facebook photos of my visit to the Reagan Presidential Library https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=631199866914944&set=a.631198220248442.1073741837.419137811454485&type=3&theater
In 1983 a Sikh contingent, including myself, attended a Q&A Session with President Ronald Reagan at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council Luncheon in California. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3U5M1Prf2k
We Sikhs were sitting in the first row of dinner tables when President Reagan came in. I lip read him saying to one of his aids, "Who are those people with the turbans?" In 1983 I had a lawsuit in Federal Court against Reagan's Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger which challenged Reagan's ban on Sikhs serving in the US Army. I lost the case but now Sikhs are being admitted into the US military on a case by case basis. The US Army needs to stop discriminating against Sikhs.
"Sikhs should be allowed to join U.S. Army to stop racist attitudes in military & deter hate crimes" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqdO6s-vgyo
Michael Page's hate towards Sikhs and his time in the US Army are No coincidence! News reports show that Page's white supremacist outlooks were shared and even inspired by his fellow soldiers at Fort Bragg. The fact is that the US Army breeds these racist views and nothing will change until the US military opens its doors for all Sikhs to enlist while we wear our articles of faith like turbans, beards and uncut hair.
In 1982 I tried to join the US Army wearing my Sikh articles of faith but President Ronald Reagan had just revoked the long standing exemption for Sikhs to be able to enlist in the US Army do to political pressure from racist groups. There was no tolerance for minority groups in America back then and I was eventually rejected by the US Army because the Army said my turban and beard would interfere with discipline.
Gursant Singh Vs. US Army and Secretary of Defense
America can clearly see the result of the US government's racist policies which have produced such extreme bigotry in a US Army vet that he went out and murdered 6 Sikhs while they were praying to God in the privacy of their house of worship!
Well here we are in 2012 and Sikhs are still banned from the US Army! The U.S. military must fully embrace what they profess to teach: respect for religious diversity. The US Government urgently needs to change their policy of religious discrimination and allow Sikhs to proudly join the ranks of US soldiers serving the United States of America.
See this article in today's Washington Post
U.S. military, open your doors to Sikhs
By Valarie Kaur