A 23-year-old Indian-American chose a unique way to speak out about against hate. Angad Singh tied his turban in front of everyone at New York’s Times Square as a tribute to 66-year-old Timothy Caughman who was recently killed in a racial attack. In a video posted on Facebook, the Sikh man addressed New Yorkers about rising hate crimes in the city as he stood in solidarity with the victim.
“Every day when I put on my turban, I am putting myself in hate’s way”, he said in the video. “But I am not scared because putting on my turban is the most American thing I can do”, he included.
The video was posted on Monday and has nearly half a million views.
On March 20, Timothy Caughman was cut to death with a sword by a 28-year-old white US Army veteran James Jackson. Jackson was accused of second degree kill as a hate crime but the charges were later upgraded to an act of terrorism. He told police that he considered the killing to be as “practice prior to going to Times Square to kill additional black men,” as per the dissension.
Angad Singh said there is a ‘growing epidemic of hate in the nation and it must be fought with love’. He said he went to Times Square since he felt terrorised with the ‘senseless violence’ that took Timothy Caughman’s life however was reassured by the people’s responses that only ‘love can trump hate’.