The English Premier League’s team Arsenal exhibited support for a Sikh girl who was called ‘dangerous’ and a ‘terrorist’.
Arsenal players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz came forward to show their support to 10-year old Munsimar Kaur,a young fan of the UK football club.
The shocking abuse came to light last month when the girl was telling an awful story of being racially abused during two different trips to a local park.
Arsenal Sports scientist Nav Singh got to know about the story and he invited the girl and her father to London Colney.
Nav Singh shared a post on Twitter featuring the Sikh girl with the Gunners.
Writing about Munsimar Kaur, Singh posted: “You are a 10-year-old girl who wanted to have fun with your friends in a park. You are not a terrorist. After seeing your video, I wanted to show you how much I admire your bravery and I will stand next to you saying no to racism.”
YOU ARE A 10 YEAR GIRL WHO WANTED TO HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FRIENDS IN A PARK
YOU ARE NOT A TERRORIST
After seeing your video, I wanted to show how much I admire your BRAVERY and I will stand next to you in saying NO to RACISM.
Thank you to everyone at Arsenal pic.twitter.com/YFZJuM0iLr
— Nav Singh (@_NavSingh) September 6, 2019
What’s the story?
The 10-Year-Old British Sikh girl, Munsimar Kaur tells her heartbreaking experience in a 1:50-minute long video shared by her father on social media.
Munsimar says that when she went to Plumstead Adventure Playground in south London with her grandmother, where she asked to play a game with a group of four teenagers.
However, those teenagers sent her off by saying: ‘No you can’t play because you’re a terrorist’.
Munsimar states that she was left “heartbroken”, but ‘kept her head up’ and walked away without saying a word.
The next day when she returned to the same adventure play area and made friends with a nine-year-old girl.
However, the child’s mother called to say that she couldn’t play with Kaur because the latter looked ‘dangerous’.
This clarified that the Sikh girl was not allowed to play just because of her attire, which includes a turban.
To promote positive change in her video message to the world and the victims of discrimination, Munsimar’s notes: “This experience has shown me the lack of exposure and knowledge some people have.”
“Sikhs are naturally caring and no matter what, we will love everyone,” says Kaur.
“But I need to speak out about this because not everyone is strong enough to walk away or has suitable parents to talk to and handle this racism. I will hang out with the right people.”
On an optimistic note, she calls on anyone else going through similar racism and says, “Anyone going through this – tell your parents and keep your chin up – and it will work out in the end – I promise.”
Watch Kaur tell her own story in an inspiring video:
Racist Park @GLL_UK
— Sikh Dad (@sikhdad) August 8, 2019