The day after Sept. 11, 2001, Rana Singh Sodhi and his older brother, Balbir, were out running some errands in and around Phoenix. Rana remembers that they started getting harassed.
“People yell to us, using [the] F-word, and ‘Go back to your country!’” he recalls.
But they were in their country. The brothers had immigrated to the US more than a decade before.
The Sodhis belong to the Sikh faith. In Sikhism, men don't cut their hair; they wear it in turbans and have beards. And Rana says, after 9/11, the Sikh men he knew were all having similar problems.