The son of a massacre victim at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to begin collecting statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs. Harpreet Sing Saini, 18, told a Senate hearing he wanted to give his late mother "the dignity of being a statistic."
The Sikh temple shootings have drawn attention to their religion and given them a chance to share traditional Sikh messages of peace and justice with a global audience. A scheduled visit Thursday by first lady Michelle Obama offers one more opportunity to preach unity and compassion.
A picture is emerging of the man suspected of killing six worshippers at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee Sunday that suggests he was a disgruntled white supremacist with a failed military career, a drinking problem and heavy financial debt.
The deadly attack at a Sikh house of worship in Wisconsin has sent a shockwave through temples across Canada, as Sikhs come to grips with the shooting that left 7 dead including the alleged white supremacist gunman.