Traditionally, Sikhs have been classified as Asian Indians, but in the 2020 Census questionnaire, a Sikh can self-identify and check the box under the category of Asian and also as Sikh. The announcement was first made last month by the advocacy group United Sikhs that the community would be counted as a separate ethnic group if they self-identify themselves as Sikhs in the census form.
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Sikh Americans will be counted as a separate ethnic group for the first time in the 2020 Census. The move comes after a delegation of the United Sikhs held several meetings with U.S. Census Bureau leadership asking for Sikhs to be recognized as a separate ethnic group.
Amid rising Hate crimes against Sikhs since 2017, a Sikh Uber driver was racially abused and strangulated by a passenger in the coastal city of Bellingham, Washington state last week, news reports said.