A young California firearms instructor had police called on her by a sporting good store employee for inquiring about rifle ammo while brown.
An East Bay woman visited a Dick’s Sporting Goods last week and asked a store employee about buying eight boxes of ammunition for her AR-15. Two days later, on Friday, Sim Sangha received an unwelcome visit by two police officers.
The store employee had alerted them, police said. Now, the 24-year-old Fremont resident is accusing the store of racial profiling.
“I don’t know if it’s [because of] my skin color or that I’m Indian,” she said. “I’m not a Muslim, but even if I were, that’s no reason to call police to my home, instantly.”
Sangha, a firearms instructor, didn’t buy ammunition for her rifle – the same kind used to gun down 14 people and injure 17 others in San Bernardino – and left instead with an exercise mask.
“They singled me out,” Sangha said. “They singled me out because of the way I look.”
Had the store asked, Sangha, who is preparing to join the Los Angeles Police Department, said she would have provided proof of her certification.
“I feel like I was racially profiled,” she said. “I’ve had friends buy bulk ammo and they’ve never had police show up at their door.”
It seems quite obvious that Ms. Sangha was both profiled, and profiled incompetently. It’s wrong to assume that someone is a criminal or a terrorist based upon the color of their skin, and more than a little bit racist to not even be able to distinguish between two very different cultures.
For the record, Sikhs like Ms. Sangha have been battling Islamic terrorism for longer than than there have been permanent English-speaking colonies in the United States, while Dick’s has been… well, you know… towards gun owners for quite some time.