American Civic Life

Reconciling and Remembering Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 10, 2020

Balbir Singh Sodhi was a Sikh American, a family friend I called uncle, killed by a man who called himself a patriot. He was the first of nineteen people killed in hate crimes in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Their murders barely made the evening news.

“I know I can’t give you back what I wish I could, which is your brother,” Frank said, “but I hope you find some comfort in knowing that I’m very sorry for what happened to your brother and your whole family and his wife and everyone.”