Sir, please take your “hat” off

Jasneet Kaur Palaha,
Ann Arbor, MI.
University of Michigan.

Sikhism, a monotheistic religion from Northern India believes the idea of simplicity, therefore requiring to never cut your hair, along with other requests. Men usually tie their hair neatly in a turban, whereas girls commonly let it down. Wherever we were, my father would be frisked or forced to remove his turban. Hearing slurs and being referred to as “Taliban” only confirmed his faith to spread awareness about Sikhism. As Sikhs, we respect all races, creeds, genders, and essentially, humanity. The “hat” is not headgear, but a representation of courage and acceptance. We must end racial battles with no purpose.


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