If you are going to get yourself charged with an anti-Muslim hate crime, you damn well better make sure your target is a not a Sikh.
It’s really a shame that Sikhs must bear the burden of people mistaking them for Muslims. That’s why they need to identify themselves as Sikhs, NOT Muslims, whenever they are in public, especially taxi cab drivers in New York City. This is not such a farfetched idea. Chinese-Americans wore signs saying “Chinese” after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.