Hate Crimes Against Sikhs in Wisconsin

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 WASHINGTON, D.C. — A man set a Green Bay convenience store owned by a Sikh American on fire in an effort “to get them the hell out of Wisconsin”. The Brown County District Attorney has charged him with a hate crime.

“On the seven month anniversary of the mass shooting at the Gurdwara (Sikh house of worship) in Oak Creek, hate once again raised its head in Wisconsin,” said Jasjit Singh, Executive Director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF). “We must come together in a spirit of tolerance and community to prevent further acts of hate in Wisconsin and across the nation.”

On March 5, 2013, in the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, James Parrish, walked into the Dollar Land on North Avenue, poured gasoline on the register, and then set the register on fire. Dollar Land is owned by Mr. Gurnek S. Basanti, a Sikh American.

According to law enforcement, Parrish stated that he was going to “burn [the] place down.” His stated motive was “to get them the hell out of Wisconsin.” In the weeks leading up to the incident, Parrish had called himself a “freedom fighter” and made comments about his desire to “round up terrorists and torture them.” Read more here.