OAK CREEK, Wis. (CBS 58) — Prayers are persevering with at Sikh Temple Wisconsin as they pay respects to the seven individuals killed there in 2012 by a gunman finishing up a hate crime.
Organizers say it is all to advertise cultural understanding to cease issues like that from taking place once more.
A whole lot got here out Saturday, Aug. 6, sharing meals, conversations and getting excursions of the temple.
“One of many points we now have as a neighborhood is we do not have sufficient individuals understanding who Sikhs are,” mentioned Sharan Singh, program supervisor with Nationwide Sikh Advocacy Group SALDEF.
She mentioned whereas we do not stay in the identical world 10 years in the past when the mass capturing occurred, or the post-9/11 world the place Sikh individuals have been attacked for the way in which they appeared, there are nonetheless risks for Sikh Individuals.
“We’re rather more conscious of the state of affairs than we used to be 10 years in the past,” mentioned Singh.
She says that is why an enormous element of occasions like these is training.
“So individuals do not have biases and have no misconceptions about who our neighborhood is,” mentioned Singh.
She mentioned they invite everybody into their temple, or gurdwara, to find out about their faith, which she says began in India 500 years in the past from Hinduism, and is targeted on gender equality, justice and neighborhood.
To enter the gurdwara, individuals take away their sneakers and canopy their hair.
“We actually loved attending to know a few of the individuals proper after we obtained right here they’d a welcome tent and placed on our head protecting for us and welcomed us in right here,” mentioned Nicole Hermann.
Nicole and her husband Jim Hermann skilled the temple Saturday — seeing the continuing studying of their holy guide, anticipated to finish round midday Sunday, Aug. 7, and sharing of their meals.
They are saying it modified their perspective on the Sikh individuals they stay close to.
“Now I really feel like I do know just a little bit extra about our neighbors,” mentioned Nicole.
“I really feel like we will strategy them extra and fairly than simply wave, have just a little extra in frequent to speak about,” mentioned Jim.
Singh mentioned she hopes increasingly individuals can perceive to forestall hate from spreading.
“It actually means so much, I do know to the households, to the victims, to the neighborhood right here, and likewise the neighborhood at massive, to know that persons are involved in regards to the well-being of our neighborhood and likewise for the well-being of individuals at massive.
In the event you’re involved in popping out and experiencing this all for your self, the occasion is continuous tomorrow,” mentioned Singh.
In the event you’re involved in studying extra about their faith, the occasion is continuous on Sunday, Aug. 7.