Indian-origin guy tweets racist encounter just a day after Donald Trump’s victory, and it’s not cool

He wasn't the only one facing such a situation.

By: Trends Desk | Published:November 10, 2016 6:03 pm
This is what's happening with minorities in the country This is what’s happening with minorities in the country

During the run-up to US elections, President-elect Donald Trump made sure people criticised him for being racist, xenophobic and sexist. He had said he is against immigrants in the United States; he had said he’d ban Muslims from the country, not forgetting his controversial ‘grabbing women’ comment from the past. Well, he will now lead America to greatness, starting January 20, 2017.

According to a New York Times report, minorities like Hispanics, African-Americans and Muslims are feeling threatened already. Reportedly, people from the community have started getting death threats on social media and even out in the open. “I don’t fear Trump as much as I fear the monster he’s awakened. It feels like he’s normalized discrimination, and I’m afraid it’s open season,” Aysha Choudhary, a Muslim American told NYT.

An Indian based out of America, Manik Rathee, also took to Twitter to share his horrifying experience on Day 1 after Trump won the US elections. According to his tweets that have gone viral, Rathee was stopped at a gas station and told by a group of guys to get out of the country. “As I’m stopped at a gas station this morning, a group of guys yell over: “Time to get out of this country, Apu!”Day 1.,” he tweeted.

His tweet went viral with over 26000 retweets, at the time of writing.

But the man didn’t bow down and took it head on. “man, im a light-skinned indian guy. i’m not a small dude. I dress in professional work attire. I speak english. This is our America now. American racism has been emboldened.” he wrote.

He wasn’t the only one facing such a situation. After Rathee, a lot of people shared similar experiences. “Last week a neighbor asked me what’s my legal status and why I am living here. So, you get the picture,” wrote a user.

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    Outraged Indian
    Nov 11, 2016 at 12:04 am
    Stop whiningdians have no right to complain about racism.ask any NE/African/ south Indian!!
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      Shaiju Bhaskar
      Nov 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm
      Oh man this guys tweet itself is racist. So he's getting what he deserves. He calls himself a light skinned indian, setting him apart from the regular indian potion. Typical indian racist mentality of a few fair skinned indians.
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        Rahul Sharma
        Nov 10, 2016 at 1:01 pm
        trump ki maa ka transistor
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          Dev Verma
          Nov 11, 2016 at 2:44 am
          I fully support him and look forward to enjoy my life under his presidency. He's going to be a great president like others and I will be a proud citizen of usa and welcome him to take oath and serve the nation.
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            Dev Verma
            Nov 11, 2016 at 2:41 am
            Please don't spread false rumors America is exactly the same as it was but few people try to malign the country for their benefits hence don't trust these types. Just read and avoid. Trump sir is a business man and build his umpire with hard work and dedication so knows what's good for America and American people. If anybody want to leave the country is free to do but don't blame the elected new president of usa.
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              NArayan
              Nov 10, 2016 at 2:37 pm
              guys...Obama is still incharge..go complain to him....
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                NArayan
                Nov 10, 2016 at 2:37 pm
                guys...Obama is still incharge..go complain to him....
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                  Drizzle Kobez
                  Nov 11, 2016 at 6:38 am
                  I can't believe how gullible people are. It's so funny that these lies got spread around so fst. Manik R #manikrathee is a fake. He is simply tweeting fake things all day. Try to contact him outside of the internet. You can't. Read his tweets and timeline. You will see he so eloquently predicts what then later he claims happens.lt;br/gt;He said hate crimes increate so be careful not to vote Trump in. then he had a hate crime the date after trumps victor. This was plastered over the internet and is fueling stupid dumb liberals. Also he says he worked for pres Obama. Grow up people!
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                    jos novak
                    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:13 pm
                    Perhaps the attackers were Democrats pretending to be Trump supporters..
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                      Jigsaw Kemerton
                      Nov 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                      For all the bad things people say about Americans and compare US to India, they're missing a glaring point. lt;br/gt;The status of many Indians, especially if they happen to be low caste, Muslims and women, their condition isn't great either. lt;br/gt;Discrimination is rampant in Indian society. lt;br/gt;What we call 'racism' in the West, there's communalism and casteism in India. lt;br/gt;Indians aren't any better when it comes to racism - the racist violence unleashed on many Africans in Bengaluru shouldn't be forgotten.lt;br/gt;Please stop this silly hypocrisy that Indians are fair minded. lt;br/gt;We are not.
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                        Steven P.
                        Nov 10, 2016 at 4:31 pm
                        Hardly think Maniks problem was even true.. any proof besides mr. user experience Enginer for barack Obama's weak account of the "incident???? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Manik RVerified accountlt;br/gt;@ManikRatheelt;br/gt;Designer, Photographer. 〰 Prototyping and Engineering @nest / @google. Prev, User Experience Engineer for President @BarackObama
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                          David
                          Nov 10, 2016 at 4:04 pm
                          Indian Express is spreading lies. Americans like Indians are fed up of terrorism and 7th century mindset.
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                            David
                            Nov 10, 2016 at 3:58 pm
                            Indian Express is spreading lies. This si
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                              David
                              Nov 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm
                              Indian Express stop the pseudo secular lies.
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                                Vedic_Citizen
                                Nov 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm
                                Muslims want special status everywhere, as such they get special "treatment"
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                                  sochee
                                  Nov 11, 2016 at 4:06 am
                                  These Indian socialist and secularist bstrds have started malicious propaa.They deserved to be kicked out. In 1992i happened to be in UK its towns infested with Bangladeshi s and 's where white people lived in anxiety like suppressed civilised people in the face of brazenness of these migrants disrupting their way of life and imposing their own crude islamism misusing the officially declared policy of multiculturism and tolerance.Naturally there was reaction from a section of youth who abused me as and stinking bstrd. Let us admit we have earned it by disgraceful behaviour of our dear neighbours.
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                                    sullu
                                    Nov 10, 2016 at 6:07 pm
                                    Donald is as racist as Hindu Indians are. May be worst. Donald is racist as he believe he is superior as white. HINDU BELIEF SUPERIOR AS THE BORN SUPERIOR AND OTHERS BORN INFERIORS, LIKE SHUDRAS AND MUSLIMS. common ground is RACISM . lt;br/gt;Muslim is killed just for removing skin of dead cow and Shoudar was made to buy Brehman dog jut for feed to Brehman Dog.lt;br/gt;Where is INDIA is the biggest exporter of HALAL BEEF to middle east. shame on you alllt;br/gt;bigots.
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