An airplane passenger was criticized after posting a video (below) of an elderly Sikh man sitting next to him on a plane, who he called “Bin Laden.”
In the 30-second clip — titled "Would you feel safe?” — the man, who mistook Singh for a Muslim, is seeing filming Dashan Singh, a Sikh man on a flight from New York to California. The video description read, “flying with Bin Laden.”
“This act of ignorance is the latest in a series of anti-Sikh hostility in the days following the horrific shooting in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 2,” United Sikhs representative Manwinder Singh said in response to the clip.
“On Dec. 6, a Sikh Gurudwara [house of worship], was vandalized with anti-ISIS graffiti. On the same day, four Sikh men were stopped from entering a football game because of their turbans. Their car was searched for bombs. Sikh Americans have long been the target of racially motivated violence and discrimination in the United States.”
The unidentified cameraman was slammed on YouTube for profiling Singh. The video was posted Dec. 9.
“I wouldnt feel safe sitting nxt to the guy recording this ... Might have some mental issue.. F------ stupid.. Get educated about sikh people first... Uneducated ppl..” one comment read.
“'Incidents like this are shocking. No one, Sikh, Muslim, or otherwise should be afraid to travel. These types of incidents only weaken the fabric of our nation,” United Sikhs staff attorney said.
“'It is everyone's responsibility to be aware of acts of ignorance around them, and to report them when they see them. Only then can we unify ourselves against hate, ignorance, and discrimination.”
Watch the video below.