NAACP Statement on Shooting at Wisconsin Sikh Temple

(Washington, DC) – The NAACP today released the following statement on Sunday’s shooting at the Sikh temple of Wisconsin:

“Our hearts go out to the victims of this terrible crime and to their families,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “This tragedy brings back dreadful memories of violence against Sikhs in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. We stand alongside our brothers and sisters in the Sikh community in their time of sorrow, and call for a thorough investigation into this crime by law enforcement.”

“The NAACP condemns all forms of violence, particularly acts of violence that target others because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation,” Jealous continued. “In light of this shooting and the recent Aurora, Colorado tragedy, we recommit to the NAACP’s mission of eliminating prejudice and intolerance in Wisconsin and across the nation.”

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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