A video of a 21-year-old Sikh woman contestant on Australia’s Got Talent narrating her experience of racism through spoken word poetry has gone viral on social media.
Before taking to the stage, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa warned the audience to brace themselves as her act was going to be ‘very controversial’. “You better brace yourself Australia,” she said.
As the woman, who is also an activist and an outspoken feminist, took to the stage, she gave a fearless account of what it’s like to be a Sikh in the country.
“When a teen rips off my uncle’s turban, I am an enraged flame of pain and shame and sorrow. For tomorrow when a ‘hooning ute’ throws a rotten peach at my dad and screams ‘go home, ya bloody terrorist.’ I plead to you Lara , where the bloody hell are we?” she says.
“My people, the Sikhs, came here in 1860 with camels and carts and courageous hearts and look at the maxi Taxi, we’re still driving and steering this country to offices and hospitals and even on stage,” she adds.
“So when people tell me and my family to go home to where we came from, I reply with a smile, tongue-in-cheek, ‘mate, we’ve been right at home for the past 150 years!’ I’m not the one that’s a freak, I’m fully Sikh,” she says as she finishes her performance.
Khalsa’s performance won her four yeses and a standing ovation from the judges and now she is getting much love from the social media.