Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sikhs use Rose Parade to defuse bias against their beards and turbans

By Jeff Gottlieb

CALIFORNIA---When Minu Kaur Singh walks down the street with her husband and children, she hears the comments as people pass by. Her husband is a doctor but what people notice first is the long beard and turban he wears, following the tenets of their Sikh religion. Several Sikh groups are hoping to fight that fear Jan. 1, when their float rolls through the streets of Pasadena as part of the Rose Parade. The float is directed less at the more than the 700,000 people lining the streets on New Year's Day than the 55 million or so people who will watch it on television in the U.S. [link]