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MPP Gurratan Singh applauded for response to Islamophobic remarks

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Published on September 08, 2019 with No Comments

Singh, who is Sikh, also tweeted that he will never respond to Islamophobia with “I am not a Muslim.” He says that instead, he will stand with Muslims and say that hate is wrong.

Brampton NDP MPP Gurratan Singh has been able to win a lot of online friends who have been showering praise for his response to Islamophobic remarks directed at him at MuslimFest.

A video posted online and viewed more than 250,000 times shows Singh, who represents the riding of Brampton East, responding to a man’s anti-Muslim remarks at the event in Mississauga, Ont.

In the video, Singh tells the man that he condemns racism. The incident occurred just moments after he spoke on stage at MuslimFest.

He said while the man who approached him didn’t really give him a chance to walk away, he took it as an opportunity to “denounce his hatred” because there were so many young people in the crowd. “My heart went out to them because it was MuslimFest. It’s a time where Muslims are coming together to celebrate who they are and to have a guy come there, when they are trying to bring people together and he is trying to be divisive. That was wrong and I felt like I needed to be a voice to really denounce that hatred.”

Singh, who is Sikh, also tweeted that he will never respond to Islamophobia with “I am not a Muslim.” He said that he would stand with Muslims and said that hate of any kind is  wrong. “It was something my brother always taught me. Anytime, we see racism we have to denounce clearly and we have to name it,” said Singh. “I just did my best to say ‘This is wrong what you are saying, this is racist and it has no place here in Canada.’” Singh’s brother is federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. MuslimFest organizer Arif Zia said in a statement, it was “unfortunate an anti-Muslim heckler came to destroy the peace and project Islamophobic rhetoric at MPP Gurratan Singh.” “We applaud MPP Gurratan’s rejection against the racism and hatred. We appreciate his inclusive sentiments to stand with the Canadian Muslim community.” Online, some Twitter users are applauding Gurratan Singh for refusing to point out that he isn’t Muslim.

 

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