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August 12, 2012

One week later: Wisconsin’s Sikh temple reopens, healing process begins

  • last week One week ago, a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple by a reported white supremacist shook the town of Oak Creek, outside of Milwaukee. 3,000 mourners gathered in a memorial service for the lost.
  • this week This morning, the temple reopened for normal Sunday services, which (despite sadness and tears still common) was described as a healing process for the hundreds that took part. source

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15:50 // 2 years ago
August 10, 2012
breakingnews:

Mourners gather to remember victims killed at Wisconsin Sikh temple
JSOnline: About 3,000 people filled the Oak Creek High School gymnasium in Wisconsin today to attend the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of Sunday’s Sikh temple shootings.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was among those who spoke. “In the recent past, too many Sikhs have been targeted and victimized simply because of who they are, how they look, and what they believe,” he said. “This is wrong. It is unacceptable. And it will not be tolerated.”
Photo: Friends and family members bring caskets into Oak Creek High School. (Chris Wilson / Journal Sentinel)

Big ups for Eric Holder’s strong words.

breakingnews:

Mourners gather to remember victims killed at Wisconsin Sikh temple

JSOnline: About 3,000 people filled the Oak Creek High School gymnasium in Wisconsin today to attend the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of Sunday’s Sikh temple shootings.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was among those who spoke. “In the recent past, too many Sikhs have been targeted and victimized simply because of who they are, how they look, and what they believe,” he said. “This is wrong. It is unacceptable. And it will not be tolerated.”

Photo: Friends and family members bring caskets into Oak Creek High School. (Chris Wilson / Journal Sentinel)

Big ups for Eric Holder’s strong words.

18:08 // 2 years ago
August 8, 2012
In 28 years of law enforcement, I have seen a lot of hate. I have seen a lot of revenge. I’ve seen a lot of anger. What I saw, particularly from the Sikh community this week was compassion, concern, support. What I didn’t see was hate. I did not see revenge. I didn’t see any of that. And in law enforcement that’s unusual to not see that reaction to something like this. I want you all to understand how unique that is.
Oak Creek, Wisc. Police Chief John Edwards • Addressing a crowd gathered to honor victims of last weekend’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Tuesday night. This morning, FBI special agent Teresa Carlson revealed to members of the press that, despite previous reports that the shooter was killed by police, he actually died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head after being wounded by an officer returning fire.  source (viafollow)
15:48 // 2 years ago
August 7, 2012
He was gentle and kind and loving and a he was a happy person and a happy child. And what happened, God only knows, because I don’t. … When he lived in Texas with us, he had Hispanic friends and he had black friends. You know, there was none of that.
Wade Michael Page’s stepmother, Laura Page • Discussing how she remembers the suspect in the Sikh temple shooting over the weekend. She divorced Page’s father and hadn’t seen Wade since 1999 (before he got caught up in the white supremacist movement), so when he surfaced in the news recently, it was as a much different person than the one she knew. Page, who was killed in the shooting, is suspected of killing six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee. (more here)
8:28 // 2 years ago
August 6, 2012

The Associated Press has created an impressive embeddable interactive graphic to go with the Sikh temple shooting. It explains everything you need to know about what happened. Click above to check it out. (more here)

17:46 // 2 years ago
The Southern Poverty Law Center is reporting that Sikh temple shooting suspect Wade Michael Page, shown above, was formerly a member of a skinhead band called End Apathy, and had ties to the white supremacist music scene dating back to 2000. (photo, above, via Buzzfeed’s Jessica Testa; more here)

The Southern Poverty Law Center is reporting that Sikh temple shooting suspect Wade Michael Page, shown above, was formerly a member of a skinhead band called End Apathy, and had ties to the white supremacist music scene dating back to 2000. (photo, above, via Buzzfeed’s Jessica Testa; more here)

9:45 // 2 years ago
By coming here, you guys have proved that even though even though some of us are Christians, Sikh, Muslims or Hindu, the biggest religion in the world is humanity.
A speaker at a candlelight vigil held for victims of the Sikh temple shooting • Preaching a message of tolerance in the wake of yesterday’s deadly shooting. The vigil drew hundreds of people, some of whom held up boards which spelled out the phrase ”WISCONSIN WEEPS.” The cause of the shooting, described as domestic terrorism, is still under investigation, though. (more here)
9:05 // 2 years ago

On citing the Sikh temple shooter’s possible ties to racial extremism

solutionsbecomeproblems says: “No confirmation has been made of the tie” —What kind of confirmation are you looking for? A non-Sikh white man attacks Sikh people in a Sikh Temple. Hmm, that’s not confirmation enough? You need a quote from the killer’s own mouth?

» SFB says: No, but a tie to an extremist group would probably do it. You can’t say that someone is tied to an extremist group without concrete evidence. Now if he held those views on his own (a lone wolf situation), that is another matter entirely, but as of right now, there is no confirmation that he is tied to another group. If he has these ties, this stuff will come out (and it’s probably safe to call this a “domestic terror” incident), but let’s not take for granted what we think we know until it’s in front of us. — Ernie @ SFB

EDIT:  And now, via the Southern Poverty Law Center, we have some evidence of ties to extremism.

8:30 // 2 years ago
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August 5, 2012
20:50 // 2 years ago