Most people don’t join violent extremist groups for ideological reasons. Instead, they join for social reasons – with someone they know, to connect with other people or to find a sense of purpose.
Five years ago, on Aug. 5, my identity as a Hindu-Sikh American came into question. I was at my aunt’s house in Delhi when we turned on the TV and heard the news that a Wisconsin-based gurudwara was attacked by a white supremacist.
The first few months of the Trump Administration have kept everyone on their toes; Executive Orders, “bombshell reports,” and the TV show script that is the President’s Twitter feed have placed all eyes on the United States, watching our every move and decision.