Sometimes when your out in the world you see people acting inappropriately to the uniform they are wearing.
This is usually when the person represents something goodly, and you see the person acting badly. An example of this is when police officers become corrupt.
They are the enforcers of the law, yet they do not practice it themselves.
In the same way, if we keep the BASIC Sikh uniform (un-cut hair and/or turban) we should act in a certain way, the way that was given to us by our father - Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji (Last living Guru of the Sikhs).
What counts as behaviour that is not 'Sikh'?
Things that I see routinely would be;
Most of these things are included in the Bajjar Kurehits, sort of like the Sikhs "list of donts", so to see a Sikh doing them is not only wrong for the individual but bad for the nation.
In the same way, many people as soon as they hear the name
Bluntly put, if you act like a clown and people see you - the next time they see Sikhs they'll think of your behaviour as representative of everyone.
This is why we have a uniform, this is why we are different from most other people in society. It is our duty to act courteously at all times, and if we followed Sikhism to the tee - we should be an example that people would want to follow, not outcast.
Why does no one know who Sikhs are?
Because most of us try to fit into the rest of society, so they look like any other brown person - and the few that keep the identity, don't act as Sikhs should either!
I'm not sure which is worse.......