this is what some of you posters remind me of when you utter these words. Sikhs say attacks on community are 'collateral damage' of 9/11 As Sikhs confront Wisconsin temple shooting tragedy, members of the community reflect on 11 years of 'Bin Laden' taunts and misunderstanding Chris McGreal in Oak Creek guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 August 2012 18.38 EDT A few days after the al-Qaida attacks more than a decade ago, a Sikh man, Balbir Singh Sodhi, was shot dead in Arizona by a man who assumed he was a Muslim. Other attacks followed and the passing of time has not diminished the false assumptions. In April, 92 members of Congress signed a letter urging the FBI to collect information on hate crimes against Sikhs. The effort was led by a New York Congressman, Joe Crowley, who said the Sikh community "is acutely susceptible to violence because of their appearance". Amardeep Singh, of the Sikh Coalition, said that in addressing audiences since 9/11 he usually poses a question. "When you see a turban and beard, what is the first thing you think of? The answer is inevitably what? I think of a terrorist. We've had 11 years where the turban is equated with terrorism," he said. "Is our community an intentional victim? No, we're collateral damage." Sikhs say attacks on community are 'collateral damage' of 9/11 | World news | guardian.co.uk many sikhs, in an exemplary display of grace and a deep understanding, used what to them is surely a great personal tragedy to plea for a greater understanding of all cultures, many times emphasizing the muslims in this plea. that is what sikhs are about, truly an extraordinary culture andd religion. many of us, all of us, could learn from the example they are setting.