Amongst this anger, hate, love, support, outrage, talk, one thing that has extremely bothered me as a fellow Sikh, is our ability to Thank people around us. Watching the event unfold on August 5th, 2012 Sunday morning on CNN of this horrible crime, to the candle light vigils, to our Sikh leaders talking on the media, to this becoming a opinion column on huffington post, one thing that extremely bothered me is our ability as a community to go from a gory crime to thanking people. What happened to series of other emotions that we needed to express before getting to that thank you for support and love speech? That my friend is and will always be a great mystery.
We thanked the law enforcement, the fire fighers for entering Gurdwara almost AFTER two hours of initial shooting, we thanked FBI for not giving answers to the whereabouts and news of the loved ones that were hurt and shot that morning for hours to the family, we thanked President Obama for his utmost support he showed for Sikhs and victims family while signing some document and blurbing things out to the media amidst that, we thanked Eric Holder the attorney general of United States for attending the wake and while doing that making sure he did not follow the Sikh protocol of covering his head while the kirtan was going on and gosh! so many other things to thank folks for!
I am not here to be debbie downer or hate propagandist myself, neither some sort of narcissist writing this piece for my three seconds of fame. But my agenda here is really to get some answers and let my opinion known.
What in the world are we thanking folks for? We need to ask questions to current administration, people of this country, media and ourself. What really happened that day, why did happened, who are these people killing other human beings in the name of hate and ignorance, how do we fight these people, who were the victims, why did law enforcement took so long to enter Gurdwara that day and led people bled to death, could they had been saved had police started their rescue operations faster? Why another brother was killed last night? Why the law enforcement are not taking the threats of this man in the video seriously? Why some of these victims are not getting any finacial support from US government, why is there no trauma therapy being offered for people who were witness to that day of blood and gory? Why Why Why?
I know this, had this been our own father, mother, son or daughter that would have been killed in this tragedy, we wouldn't be singing like Bono on the streets about love and humanity. We would have made sure our questions and confusions were answered.
Yes, Sikhs are unbiased lovers, yes Sikhs are people with gratitude, but you know what? Our Guru made us Saints and Soldier...remember not just Saints. Yes, I am Martin Luther King but you know what I am Malcolm X too? I do agree when he said - “Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.” Yes, I need to be thankful, but before that I need to ask questions for sake of those who are still traumatized and in pain, I need to stand up for those who's can't bear to getup from their beds cause they are still in shock.
Love and harmony is great, but will we be still reflecting it had last week we had lost our own father, daughter, mother or brother? Wouldn't we be angry, outraged, confused and ask questions. Wouldn't we be puzzled as to what on god's earth went wrong and how did our own loved one lost a life because of someone's hate? When people call others a hater, divider for merely being outraged at someone's hate? Then I call people talking about love at time of someone's tragedy merely cold and vain....We cannot merely go from tragedy to a thank you mode. Lets have decency to at least ask questions for those who suffer the pain, best way to do that is put yourself in their situation. Its time for dog and pony show to end!