The racist attack that exposed Amar Singh


“If we expect others to know and respect the culture, we must do the same for them,” he said.

Singh, who founded the charity Turbans 4 Australia in 2015, said understanding each other’s backgrounds is crucial in a multicultural society.

“We want to create an understanding of our cultural differences, but also value and welcome each other’s uniqueness,” he said.

“Not just Sikhs, but Australians of all races, religions and backgrounds.

“That’s the true spirit of multiculturalism here in our society,” he said. “We are a better, stronger nation when we include and support one another.”

Singh is of Sikh faith and because he is a baptized Sikh he wears a turban and grows his beard. He said the fact that Sikhs often look visibly different means they are regularly targeted – particularly after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

“Turbans stood out,” Singh said. “Because of our looks, we were suddenly seen as bad people and a threat to society.”

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