La Convivencia Expresses Solidarity with Sikh Community and Joins in Condemnation of Racist ‘Turban Man’ Reference to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal by Radio Hosts- August 6, 2018
We at La Convivencia (means coexistence) were deeply shocked to hear about the two radio hosts on station 101.5 making remarks creating a negative stereotype for NJ's newest Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. Mr. Grewal follows the Sikh faith which encourages men to wear turbans in respect to their faith. Knowing that the two hosts were suspended for merely ten days, La Convivencia sincerely encourages the management and staff of station 101.5 to consider participating in rigorous bias and diversity training similar to that legislated by former Governor Chris Christie in 2016 for the NJ State police. While La Convivencia supports free and full exercise of the 1st Amendment, this is not the first time we have heard negative stereotypes and racial/cultural bias perpetuated on this radio station. As our Attorney General has stated in response, 'words matter and comments can lead to conduct,'. La Convivencia hopes that the management and staff of station 101.5 will be encouraged to recommit to civility and respect in its on air discourse. La Convivencia is a nonprofit that aims to bring together diverse people to bridge differences, break stereotypes, and increase peaceful communication through community service, civic dialogue and interfaith encounters. We believe our differences can be powerful tools we can use to strengthen the fabric of our communities.