Racism in Britain has always been a problem, but in the run up to the EU referendum it’s being thrust even more into the spotlight, and everything that’s wrong with certain members of the population can probably be summarised by the attitude of the guy featured in this video.
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It takes place at a local supermarket where a guy named Zubair Munsif was popping in to do his shopping. Here’s his story in his own words, along with the video:
This wasn’t how I imagined my Saturday morning to be…
As I was walking into my local supermarket I noticed an old man ‘uncle’ who I recognise, who happens to be Muslim. After shaking hands and saying ‘Salaam’, he went on his way and asked that I remember him in my prayers.
As I walked into the supermarket I could hear someone shout from behind me. On instinct I turned around and saw another elderly man walk towards me asking “are you Muslim?!” To which I replied “Yes” in a rather surprised tone. To which he said “go back to where you came from. I hate Muslims” he said pointing to me and uncle.
At first it didn’t register. But then he said it a couple of times to make his point. On instinct I took my phone out and started filming what this man had to say. Clearly it was a well thought out argument.
My parents have always told me to be calm, and not get into trouble. Biting my tongue I engaged with the man and as you can see in the video he has very strong opinion.
For anyone that doesn’t know, I was born in Bristol. My family moved to Cardiff when I was about 7. Wales is home, that is after all where my parents are. I’ve also lived in Manchester and Hull. I’ve lived in London now for 9 years so I consider myself a proud Welsh Londoner. So when someone says, “go back to where you came from” I’m a bit confused. Where should I go?!
I was one of two Asian children in my junior school, and 1 of 5(ish) in my high school. Ethnic minorities in Cardiff in the early 1990s were few and far between, but no one ever said anything or had an issues. No one has ever pointed out maliciously my religion or ethnicity, until this morning.
It’s clear to see where this anti Muslim / immigrant feeling is stemming from. In a few weeks we’ll vote on whether the UK will remain in the UK. The Media &
Politicians are scaremongering and the only argument that is being heard is of immigrants coming here and taking jobs, housing and the like. Ultimately you follow the line and it turns into an anti Muslim rhetoric. The likes of Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Britain First and Donald Trump are the voices that are being heard.
Muslims and migrants end up being demonised, and the referendum becomes a pointless immigration debate instead.
The staff at the supermarket were really helpful and understanding. Luke, the manager, insisted I go to the coffee shop and in the most British of ways offered me a cup of tea. The man has now been banned from the store and I’ll lodge a formal complaint with the local police.
My family came in the 70s and along with other ethnic minorities suffered through racial abuse & discrimination. Yet they worked hard and built for themselves successful lives and contributed in every positive way they could to their now home country. This is our home. It’s my home as much as anyone else’s.
I’m proud to be British.
I’m proud to be a British Muslim.
I’m proud to be a British Muslim Pakistani.
Please feel free to share this post here on Facebook and other platforms. This level of intolerance should not be allowed anymore.
Yeah, fair play to the guy really. You could argue that he only started filming him to try and provoke the reaction that he got, but I’m pretty sure that he’s entitled to do that after being subjected to racist abuse from this guy that was completely out of order and unprovoked. It’s sad that tensions have come to this in the run up to the EU referendum, but I’m pretty sure that this guy should have given you some idea of how you should be voting in a couple of weeks.
Let’s hope that this old guy doesn’t become an internet celebrity like Ronnie Pickering last year – chances are he won’t though because he’s a racist asshole. In any case, Ronnie Pickering has pretty much redeemed himself in my eyes after refusing to go on Big Brother unless he was paid a million pounds – all of which he would donate to charity.