APAMSA mourns the senseless murders of Amarjeet Johal, Jaswinder Kaur, Jaswinder Singh, and Amarjit Sekhon, alongside Matthew Alexander, Samaria Blackwell, Karlie Smith and John Weisert. This massacre in Indianapolis took place exactly one month after eight other lives, including those of six Asian women, were taken in Atlanta.
We cannot separate these events from the current climate of racial violence. 90% of the workers at the FedEx center in Indianapolis were members of the Sikh community - a community that has endured hatred from the days it first settled in America in the 19th century. From the Bellingham massacre of 1907, to attacks and discrimination post-9/11, to the Oak Creek gurdwara massacre in 2012, our Sikh American siblings have been targeted over and over again. To deny that this crime was racially motivated is to deny the historical and personal experiences of our colleagues, patients, and loved ones.
To our Sikh American family: we see your resilience, your dedication to justice, and most deeply in this moment, your grief. We stand with you. We fight for you. And we mourn with you.