The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Los Angeles:
Attack on a Sikh Bus Operator

Feb 15, 2016

An L.A. Metro bus operator, Balwinder Jit Singh, was attacked on his bus in November by a passenger. Singh was later hospitalized. He had a black eye, a bruised jaw, and a swollen face. He continues to experience pain and blurred vision.

The bus operator, Singh, was apparently singled out because of his appearance. He is a Sikh, an Indian religion, and has a beard and wears a turban. Because of that, the passenger called him a “terrorist” and “suicide bomber” and accused him of hijacking the bus. This racist attack is no accident.

There is a big increase in terrorism. But this is because the U.S. military is carrying out all these terrible wars and bombings in the Middle East and Central Asia. To cover this up, the U.S. media and public officials are demonizing the people who are victimized by those conflicts and fleeing to survive. Such demonizing incites these racist attacks.

Why should we let the same people who attack us here at home affect and poison us against other working people?