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Local Sikhs Featured in Short Video About Peace, Discrimination

Local Sikhs —families who worship in Oak Creek and Brookfield – say the Aug. 5 murders at the Oak Creek temple were not surprising given community fear and division.

"That day scattered my world."

That is what several local Sikhs repeat in the beginning of a newly created video created by Amardeep Kaleka, son of slain temple president .

Talking about the Aug. 5 massacre at the in Oak Creek, local Sikhs — who worship in Brookfield and Oak Creek — say they believe the violence was not surprising due to ignorance, fear and discrimination.

The video addresses immigration and shows images of 9/11 and the burning World Trade Center towers, as well as the temple shooter Wade Michael Page.

"We must stand together as one to protect this (American) dream," one woman says. Others continue: "Engineer a safe society for our children. Safe neighborhoods are rich neighborhoods. Violence, anger, hate have no place here."

Special section: Sikh Temple Shooting

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