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Attorney General Holder, I Have a Question

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     Today was an emotional day in Oak Creek.  The six victims of the Sikh Temple shooting were laid to rest.  Hundreds of Wisconsinites were there; members of the Sikh community, Oak Creek Citizens, and dignitaries. State Senators were there.  State Reps were there. Governor Walker was there. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was there.  Attorney General Eric Holder was in attendance.

     Todays' TMJ4's Shelley Walcott was there.  She told me that one of the most emotional and healing aspects of the ceremony was to see those in attendance wearing head scarves.  The traditional coverings were worn as a sign of respect to the Sikh religion and culture.  Sikh leaders asked all attendees to wear one.  It was a rather amazing sign of respect and togetherness. The Governor wore a head wrap. Those from the varied religions in SE Wisconsin all covered up.  Even members of the media wore the head scarves.  One noticeable speaker did not.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder did not wear a head covering like everyone else did.  I am told by someone in attendance that he was asked to wear the traditional wrap.  He didn't wear it.

     I have one question.  Why?



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