Comedic Video ‘Diversity Day’ Educates Americans About Sikh Faith, Turban: Watch

A comedic video educating Americans about the Sikh religion and the significance of the turban is gaining traction on so...

A comedic video educating Americans about the Sikh religion and the significance of the turban is gaining traction on social media.

The light-hearted video, “Diversity Day,” is made by the National Sikh Campaign in partnership with the digital comedic powerhouse, Funny or Die. It features Sikh Americans Sandy Kaur and Babbu Beard.

The opening shot of the video shows a group of people being led by a speaker discussing about O.D.M.U.S.A.B.A.W (Our differences make us strong and beautiful and wonderful). The speaker then goes on to ask if anyone would like to share their experiences about diversity in the workplace, before pointing at Harpreet, aka Happy (Babbu), who is wearing a blue turban.

Happy goes on to explain what the Sikh religion stands for and its beliefs. The back and forth between Happy and the speaker, who’s struggling to be politically correct, create light humor...

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Gurwin Singh Ahuja, executive director of the National Sikh Campaign, said: “The video has also garnered support from high-profile American civil rights groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, the Center for American Progress, Rock the Vote, the Woman’s March as well as Sikh Instagram influencers.”

Ahuja added that this video is targeted towards millennials and Gen Z.

“It is critical for us to engage the younger people to help spread the message and help create a better environment for our youth,” he said.

“I was born and raised in a Sikh household with a turban wearing father and like many other first-generation Americans, I felt as though the world didn’t really understand me or my faith,” said Hans Sahni, director of the video. “We purposefully cast male and female Sikh cast members versus well-known actors for ‘Diversity Day’ as we wanted to portray what everyday life is like for Sikh Americans who are too often victims of harassment and bullying. I feel like this project, and everything the We Are Sikhs campaign is doing, can help today’s young people feel more comfortable, accepted and open in a way that I didn’t get to be.”

According to the National Sikh Campaign, a majority of Sikh Americans experience harassment and the numbers are worse for turbaned Sikh children: over two-thirds experience bullying. We are Sikhs said it believes that the antidote to intolerance is education and dialogue.

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