From Aurora to Oak Creek: Surviving Together

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Two women mourn the loss of a relative near the theater where 12 people were killed July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. (DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

If you’ve ever survived a shocking, irrational tragedy, like September 11, or the Aurora movie theatre shooting, or this weekend’s attack on the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, there’s no official guidebook for how to cope. But maybe there’s hope to be found in uniting with others who’ve faced what you're facing. That’s been the experience of our guests today.

Valarie Kaur is a Sikh American. In the aftermath of September 11, she and others in her community faced routine suspicion and discrimination. Her way of coping was to reach out to other Sikhs around the country, as well as Muslims, and seek solidarity. She made a documentary about her conversations called “Divided We Fall.”

Cody Hickman is a survivor of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado just over two weeks ago. His way of coping was to create a group called “Survivors of the Aurora Shooting.” The group offers resources and support for survivors of the shooting. It’s also actively reached out to the Sikh community in Wisconsin to offer support.


Cody Hickman and Valarie Kaur

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

elizabeth from New York

We are all Sikhs today.

Aug. 07 2012 10:40 AM
mk from StopAndFriskLand

Nikki Haley, Governor of NC was born a Sikh. Like many south-Asians in the US, she may prefer not to identify as a south-Asian. Also, the current Indian Prime Minister is a Sikh.

Aug. 07 2012 07:04 AM

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