Sikh politician brilliantly responds to heckler who confuses him for a Muslim

Elias Hubbard
September 10, 2017

A Sikh politician's calm response to an infuriating woman during a public event is winning hearts in Canada.

A political science professor says a racist heckler that interrupted a campaign rally for NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh is an example of the discrimination that deters minorities from politics. A video of the exchange is viral.

However, Jagmeet Singh, who is a member of New Democratic Party, gracefully handled the situation despite her throwing a volley of abuses at him.

The practising Sikh politician, who wears a turban and sports a long beard, said this is not the first time he had to bare the brunt of racist comments.

Singh's supporters chanted "Love and Courage", which is also his campaign slogan, as the woman repeatedly yelled at him. Jagmeet Singh said: "We welcome you".

The heckler appeared to be confused about "sharia law", which is an Islamic law tradition, while Jagmeet Singh is Sikh. Mr Singh is, quite obviously, not Muslim.

"Don' touch me." she went on, as bystanders tried to remove her from the hall before threatening to call the police.

"We don't want to be intimidated by hate, we don't want hatred to ruin a positive event..." She makes more Islamophobic statements like, "We know you're about the Muslim Brotherhood, we can tell by your votes". "We love you. We support you ... we believe in your rights".

After ranting for a full four minutes, the woman finally storms off. Addressing the crowd, Singh later said: "You know growing up as a brown-skin, turbaned, bearded man that I've faced things like this before". "There's going to be other obstacles that we're going to face and we're going to face them with love and courage".

A locals news outlet Brampton Focus captured the entire incident and posted it on social media. The video has been viewed over 4 lakh times and shared over 3,000 times already.

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