Trump Sensibly Sidesteps Sikh Massacre Setup Question—And There's The Rest Of The Story
March 30, 2016, 05:25 PM
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At the March 29 Town Hall in Wisconsin [transcript], Donald Trump very sensibly did his best to sidestep a blatantly-staged question from one of the new breed of Politically Correct policemen ("how do we protect the constitutional rights of minority groups like the Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, and Jews, while still addressing radical Islamization?"). Trump talked instead about the threat from Muslim terrorism. ("We have a problem, and we can try and be very politically correct and pretend we don't have a problem, but, Anderson [Cooper], we have a major, major problem.")

Of course, this was a profoundly insulting question to Americans, who have responded with extraordinary restraint to the unmistakably-burgeoning threat of Muslim terrorism. The question's ostensible trigger: the 2012 Sikh Temple shootings in Oak Park WI (a result of immigration to Wisconsin that we missed in Dave Gorak's recent survey).

After the shootings, I wrote Wade Michael Page And The “Root Causes” Of The Sikh Temple Shootings, which pointed out among other things that American-on-immigrant killings are far outnumbered by immigrant-on-American killings, that it was ludicrous for these economically marginal Sikhs to be in effect establishing a colony in Wisconsin, and that there was absolutely no Main Stream Media interest in the "root causes" that drove the wretched Page, who obviously had a miserable life, to take this terrible step. (I noted, for example, that Page worked as a trucker—a trade in which Sikhs are disproportionately represented. Could sheer American worker displacement have been a factor in this tragedy?

Four years later, there are still no inquiries into Page's motives that I can find (although I did find this account of a frustrated Muslim mass murder in Wisconsin: FBI arrests Milwaukee man accused of planning Masonic temple attack, AP/ foxnews.com, January 26, 2016. No national publicity and no word on whether the "Milwaukee man," Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 22, was an immigrant. Funny thing).

But reader AM has pointed out to me that Amardeep Kaleka, a film director briefly famous because his father was killed in the massacre and he ran unsuccessfully in the 2014 Democratic primary to oppose the appalling GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan, has subsequently run into legal trouble for beating and threatening two different women [Court records: Restraining orders filed against Amardeep Kaleka, WISN.com, July 15, 2015].

This doesn't seem to have received national publicity either.

All together now: Diversity is strength!