British war vet speaks out against racism while being expected to harbor hate
Social media is phenomenal, genius technology. However, there’s a seriously dark side to it. Social media gives a safe, anonymous platform for people to spout ignorance and hate. Cyberbullying is the name of the game for the attention seeking, hate mongering people, and it’s so pervasive it has become par for the course in the comment section of almost any post.
But the dissemination of information provided by social media sites often offsets the hateful chatter cluttering the comment sections. As we’ve seen with the Arab Spring in 2012 and the Black Lives Matter movement, social media can be a safe platform to organize and change the world for the better.
With a simple and thoughtful post, this veteran used Facebook to do just that.
It’s Easy to Harbor Hatred
When Chris Herbert—a veteran of the Iraq war who lost his leg in combat—was expected by many to turn to racism and hatred toward Muslims, he used the social media for its best purpose: He wrote a powerful post about the ignorance and the extreme evils of racism and hate.
Herbet said he wrote the post in response to a hate group. He felt compelled to write it after an “Islamophobic group tried to recruit me as a poster boy.”
He opens the post with, “Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg.” But instead of going on a muslim hating rant, he commended the Muslims that fought and served beside him.
The next line reads, “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 Muslin surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life.”
Shutting Down the Racists
Not only did he stand up against racism and Islamophobia, he gave examples of times that white people were horrible to him.
He wrote, “A white Brit spat in my girlfriends face for ‘f—ing a cripple when you could have me [him].’ A white Brit pushed my wheelchair away from a lift so he could use it first.”
He makes a point to note that despite these unsavory experiences with white people, he doesn’t hate them. He doesn’t blame the entire white race for the actions of a few.