An Iraq War Amputee's Response to Islamophobia: You Can't 'Hate an Entire Race of Men and Women for the Actions of a Few'
A soldier who lost his leg in Iraq while serving in the British Army is fed up with people “expecting racism” from him because of his own personal tragedy – so he decided to speak out against Islamophobia in a Facebook post that has quickly gone viral.
“Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg,” begins veteran Chris Herbert, who was injured in a roadside bomb explosion in February 2007. He then goes on to list the many Muslim men and women who helped him through his darkest days following the attack.
“A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British Uniform.
A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field
A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life
A Muslim Nurse was part of the team that helped me when I returned to the UK
A Muslim Healthcare Assistant was part of the team that sorted out my day to day needs in rehabilitation when I was learning to walk
A Muslim taxi driver gave me a free ride the first time I went for a beer with my Dad after I came home.
A Muslim doctor offered my Dad comfort and advice in a pub, when he didnt know how to deal with my medicines and side effects.”
Herbert also listed some negative encounters he had with “white brits” to further illustrate his point but added that “alot of people helped in my recovery! I dont hate white brits either!”
The bottom line?
“If you want to hate an entire race of men and women for the actions of a few d—heads feel free, but don’t push your views on me, thinking I am an easy target because one douchebag decided it was my day to die,” he writes.
“Blaming all Muslims for the actions of groups like Daeshe and the Taliban, is like blaming all Christians for the actions of the KKK or Westboro Baptist Church. Get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work.”
The post, which has already been shared more than 100,000 times since Hebert wrote it on Tuesday morning, comes amid international outrage over GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump‘s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.
“When I hear and read what Donald Trump and his supporters – and even other Republican candidates, too – say about Muslims, it just doesn’t ring true to me. Being Muslim is not foreign. Here in America, what’s foreign is that kind of discrimination.”
She continued, “For me, it was best summed up by a passer-by on the London subway during the recent terror stabbing who told the attacker: ‘You ain’t no Muslim, Bruv.’ No truer words.”