Gleeks, meet Sikhs!

A shout out to the creators of Glee for highlighting one of the current challenges of the Sikh community!

In a recent episode titled “Grilled Cheesus” that aired October 5, 2010, a Glee cast member misidentifies the religion of a Sikh acupuncturist, and she proudly clarifies, “I am a Sikh”.

This insightful dialogue, in a prime-time show on national television, encapsulates the current state of affairs in the USA and the world. Too often, Sikh community members are targeted because of mistaken identity and are subject to discrimination. Glee script writers were somehow attuned to the need for greater awareness of the Sikh faith as a distinct religious, ethnic and cultural identity. Now more than ever, education is needed in order to foster awareness of the Sikh identity.
UNITED SIKHS volunteers and staff work tirelessly to educate, advocate, and engender awareness of the Sikh identity on the national and international level.  Brief but sweet, this most recent episode of Glee is a small inroad into the ongoing efforts to educate society at large about their rich and distinct faith.
In response to this need to foster awareness about Sikhism as a distinct and vibrant faith community, UNITED SIKHS has launched the Protect Our Identity campaign, which also supports UNITED SIKHS’ advocacy efforts on behalf of those who are victims of hate crimes, discrimination and profiling.
Thanks again to the creators of Glee for giving the Sikh community a brief chance to be center stage. Now, it is our time to sing our own song! Get involved today by signing up as a volunteer or contributing to the Protect Our Identity Campaign.

Glee is a show about a school choir (a modern day glee club) and the show explores themes of students and teachers dealing with diversity, identity, and bullying. The show is vastly successful and its format of a TV musical has gained popularity.  The episode is available for viewing for a limited time only on www.hulu.com or www.fox.com.

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