NYC Mob Attacks Sikh Prof, Thinking He's Muslim
Attackers shouted 'get Osama' before fracturing man's jaw
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2013 3:50 AM CDT
Updated Sep 23, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
Prabjot Singh is a professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.   (

(Newser) – In what police are investigating as a hate crime, a Columbia University professor was badly beaten on a New York City street Saturday by a mob that apparently believed he was a Muslim. Police say Prabjot Singh, a 31-year-old Sikh, was attacked just blocks from his home by a group of more than 20 young men on bikes who called him a terrorist and shouted "Get Osama!" Singh, who was saved when passersby intervened, was left with injuries including a fractured jaw, reports the Columbia Spectator.

Friend Simran Jeet Singh describes the attack in the Huffington Post, noting that the professor had been taking an evening walk after dropping his wife and 1-year-old at home. "He couldn't speak because many of his teeth had been displaced, but he waved limply to let us know that he was OK," he writes of seeing Singh at the hospital. "It’s incredibly sad," Singh himself tells the New York Daily News. "It’s not the neighborhood I know. I work in this community. It’s just not American." Gawker points out that Singh himself noted in a New York Times article on anti-Sikh violence last year that the turbans and long beards of Sikh men have often marked them out as targets for discrimination both in India and overseas. (It's not the only alleged hate crime NYC has suffered in recent weeks.)

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Sep 24, 2013 10:58 AM CDT
This was in Harlem...of course they were black. The media has a hard time even connecting it to Harlem let alone blacks. F*CKING N*GGERS!
Sep 23, 2013 10:24 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD..... When will the left-wing news media, (honestly) portray the news? Everybody did notice the race of the "hate crime" attackers was not mentioned in the article .. but witnesses said almost al the 25 to 30 "hate crime" attackers, were black.... (makes you wonder, about the news media reports) .. when if it was just one white person committing a "hate crime" .. it'd be all the news........ REALLY
Sep 23, 2013 9:09 PM CDT
Why do people insist on messing with Sikhs, they are a peaceful people who have only shown a propensity for violence when it comes to killing Muslims. That is an important distinction to note.