I’m a Sikh from Canada, and I am working on a letter to my MP (federal representative) about the current situation of the Sikh and Hindu communities of Afghanistan. For those who don’t know, they’ve recently suffered a string of terror attacks, and groups like the Taliban who historically persecuted Sikhs and Hindus are rapidly gaining territory ever since the US announced their withdrawal. When I was younger, I went to a Jewish school where, in addition to learning about Jewish history, I actually got to meet a Holocaust survivor. One of the things I learned is that comparing other atrocities to the Holocaust is considered very offensive by many, as it is seen as minimizing the tragedies that occurred. The last thing I’d want to do is cause another marginalized group pain while advocating for a marginalized group.
Context: In the 1990s, during the height of the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan, in addition to all the other atrocities they committed, they required all Hindus and Sikhs to wear yellow badges or cloths in public so they’d be easily identifiable. This basically allowed anyone who felt like attacking a Hindu or Sikh to easily identify one to attack.
Here’s my exact sentence: ‘During the height of Taliban rule, Hindus and Sikhs were required to wear yellow badges or cloths in public to make them easily identifiable, a requirement eerily similar to the yellow stars Jewish people were forced to wear in Nazi-era Germany’.
I was wondering if you guys would be kind enough to tell me if this is offensive. If so, could you help me reword it?
Thank you very much