Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh politician from Canada, was recently heckled by a female protester during an event “Jagmeet and Greet”.
Jagmeet Singh is a candidate for leader of Canada’s Federal NDP.
When Jagmeet was speaking during the event, a local woman, who can be distinguished as Islamophobic started yelling at him and interrupted his speech.
But, little did she know that Jagmeet wasn’t going to stop. The politician made his speech even when the woman kept shouting in his face.
She also started hurling racial slurs at him, while he talked about what how believes in, “love and courage”.
He said, “We believe in love and courage. We believe in inclusive Canada where no one’s left behind. We believe in building a Canada that ensures economic justice for everybody. Right?
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She mocked him for speaking about “diversity”, but Jagmeet Singh kept his calm throughout and spoke about how wonderful she is.
The woman called Jagmeet “disgusting” and kept asking when his “Sharia Law” was going to end, without realising that Jagmeet isn’t even a Muslim. But, not once during the incident, Jagmeet confronted about his religion. In fact, he kept and talking about how he thinks no one should be intimidated by hate.
In an official statement, he opened up about the incident and talked about why he didn’t choose to tell the woman that he isn’t Muslim but a Sikh.
Here’s Jagmeet Singh’s statement:
As part of my campaign to become leader of one of Canada’s largest political parties, I held an event in the city where my political career began.
I walked into a room filled with supporters and old friends. As soon as I was introduced, a person confronted me with angry, hateful, and Islamophobic comments. I had to act fast and set the tone for the room.
Despite this person’s anger and hate, I told them that we loved them, respected them, and would protect their rights.
I chose not to answer the questions asked because I didn’t accept the premise. Many people have commented that I could have just said I’m not Muslim. In fact, many have clarified that I’m actually Sikh. While I’m proud of who I am, I purposely didn’t go down that road because it suggests their hate would be ok if I was Muslim. We all know it’s not. I didn’t answer the question because my response to Islamophobia has never been “I’m not Muslim.” It has always been and will be that “hate is wrong”.
Once allowed to grow, hate doesn’t pick and choose, it spreads like fire. Once we say it’s ok to hate someone based on their religion, we’re also opening the door to hate based on race, gender, sexuality, and more.
It’s important that we stand united against all forms of hate.
It takes love to understand that we’re all in this together. It takes courage to come to together, demand better and dream bigger, so that we can build a world where no one is left behind.
With love and courage.
Candidate for Leader of Canada’s NDP
Here’s the original statement:
Hate is wrong. pic.twitter.com/HJpE19sjFx
– Saumya Kulshreshtha (@Saumyakul) September 11, 2017