London Guardian 
Aug 6, 2012
Sikh leaders in the US urged people of all faiths to come together following the latest attack on its community, cautioning against jumping to the conclusion that it was a hate crime.
Following the September 11 attacks in 2011, members of the Sikh faith were targeted in isolated incidents of violence by racists who blamed them for the atrocities conducted by a handful of extremist from a different religion.
Occasional attacks continue to take place. But Sikh leaders urged followers of the faith to wait until the police investigation before making any assumption as to the gunman’s motive.
Sapreet Kaur, executive director of the Sikh Coalition – the faith’s largest civil rights organisation in the US — said: “There have been multiple hate crime shootings within the Sikh community in recent years and the natural impulse of our community is to unfortunately assume the same in this case.”