All Videos Tagged sikh (Atheist Nexus) - Atheist Nexus 2014-07-25T12:50:36Z http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/video/listTagged?tag=sikh&rss=yes&xn_auth=no Is the radical right on the rise in the US? tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2012-08-09:2182797:Video:2025797 2012-08-09T23:45:38.120Z Napoleon Bonaparte http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/napoleonbonaparte Vigils are being held across the US mourning the six members of the Sikh community killed in a shooting rampage in Oak Creek in suburban Milwaukee in the state of Wisconsin on Sunday.<br></br> <br></br> "The one key thing that's missing in this entire debate is the term "terrorism"… we haven't heard many American media and socio-political leaders echo that same sentiment [as the authorities]. Imagine if a brown, bearded man walked into a Wisconsin church and killed six white people, would anybody in… Vigils are being held across the US mourning the six members of the Sikh community killed in a shooting rampage in Oak Creek in suburban Milwaukee in the state of Wisconsin on Sunday.<br /> <br /> "The one key thing that's missing in this entire debate is the term "terrorism"… we haven't heard many American media and socio-political leaders echo that same sentiment [as the authorities]. Imagine if a brown, bearded man walked into a Wisconsin church and killed six white people, would anybody in America even pause to call it an act of terrorism? Absolutely not.<br /> <br /> Five men - Prakash Singh, Suveg Singh, Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka and Sita Singh - and one woman - Paramjit Kaur - were killed in the shooting.<br /> <br /> The alleged gunman, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, was also killed after he opened fire on a police officer. Page was an army veteran who was discharged from the military in 1998. He was also a white supremacist.<br /> <br /> The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights group that tracks hate groups in the US, says it has been tracking Page with concern for more than a decade.<br /> <br /> Page, who reportedly described himself as a member of the 'Hammerskins Nation', was trained in psychological warfare and served in the US army from 1992 before being demoted and discharged in 1998.<br /> <br /> US law enforcement says it is treating the attack as a possible act of "domestic terrorism", which implies a political agenda.<br /> <br /> A 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security warned of the rise of right-wing groups fuelled by a struggling economy and the election of Barack Obama, the country's first black president. The report was criticised by Republicans and later pulled by the department.<br /> <br /> <br /> But the latest shooting has reignited fears about right-wing extremism.<br /> <br /> Pete Simi, the author of American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Hidden Spaces of Hate, spent an extensive amount of time with Page in 2001 as part of his research into white supremacism.<br /> <br /> Earlier he told Al Jazeera: "Page was part of the much larger movement of white supremacists. At that time he was an independent, neo-Nazi skinhead. He shaved his head, was starting to tattoo his body with different symbols. He definitely endorsed a variety of different beliefs such as anti-Semitism, was antagonistic to anything so-called non-white, in particular most of his rhetoric on a regular basis was directed toward blacks."<br /> <br /> "There's a long-standing precedent in this country of these sorts of acts of white supremacist terror, starting with the founding of this country … exterminating the indigenous population, slavery, Jim Crow, lynching being an American past time … why are we not talking about that?"<br /> <br /> Sikhs in the US have faced widespread harassment since the September 11, 2001, attacks.<br /> <br /> The SPLC and the Department of Homeland Security have also reported that extremists have been joining the US military.<br /> <br /> Inside Story Americas asks: What questions should Americans be asking in the aftermath of this latest shooting?<br /> <br /> Joining the discussion with presenter Shihab Rattansi are guests: Vijay Prashad, a professor of international studies at Trinity College and author of the book Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today; Sonny Singh, a social justice activist; and Arsalan Iftikhar, an international human rights lawyer and founder of the blog The Muslim Guy.