post ‘Hate hits home: when my friend became a target’ published on the HuffPost website.
“Last night, I received the kind of phone call that everyone dreads: a close friend was hurt, and on his way to the hospital. But the news got worse, as I learned that my friend, Dr Prabhjot Singh, a young Sikh-American professor at Columbia University, had been brutally attacked on a public street, the victim of a violent hate crime,” the post said.
Jeet Singh described the young professor as someone who has “dedicated his life to serving the underserved.” Prabhjot Singh is currently the Director of Systems Management at the Earth Institute, and “draws upon his experiences abroad to help improve the health of local communities like Harlem,” Jeet Singh said.
Prabhjot Singh is also a resident physician at a leading New York hospital. “Unfortunately his assailants did not see Prabhjot Singh, the professor, the community health expert or the local doctor. They saw a man wearing a beard and a turban — his articles of faith — and saw a target. Sadly, for many other Sikh-Americans like Prabhjot, this is a story they have heard and experienced before,” Jeet Singh said in his online post.