As much as we proclaim ourselves to be a progressive and open-minded lot, there are social evils like racism and xenophobia that are deeply rooted in our society. Recently, a Snapchat story which was extremely racist in nature garnered a lot of flak from people across countries on social media. The Snapchat user recorded a Sikh man on a plane — starting from when he boarded to even times when he was sleeping — and hurled racial abuses and distasteful remarks at him, because of his appearance. Now, it is a video of a woman hurling abuses at a ‘Pakistani’ man that is going viral on the Internet.
Throughout the video, uploaded on the Facebook page Karachi Walay, the woman sitting on a subway beside the man apparently from Pakistan is seen visibly agitated by him. The small clip of about one minute shows the woman abusing him. This is followed by his response — the man begins to sing a song, annoying the woman even more. While the clip provides no background as to why the woman was agitated with him in the first place, his response to the woman’s offensive slurs resulted in laughs by others. At one point, he seems to actually respond to her by probably sloganeering in support of Pakistan, to which she says “Yeah Pakistani f**king losers!” Soon after, he says “Pakistani zindabad!”, amidst laughs from other passengers, which evidently instigates the woman more.
The video was shared by the Facebook page with the caption “Pakistani guy give a hillarious reply to the racist woman in a local UK train.” Watch the video here.
Indianexpress.com reached out to Shayan Shayan, a citizen of Pakistan who lives in the UK — the man who was seen in the video. He said that though he has rarely faced such racial discrimination, this woman seemed disturbed when she had entered the tube. “A black lady bumped into her and she started abusing her. She was using abusive racial words. But the black lady was quietly listening to her and didn’t respond,” Shayan said. “She kept saying that all fucking foreigners are replacing local people there and taking away their jobs. Her main concern was we shouldn’t come to UK or other countries to study or work and stay in our country,” he said and thinks she probably lost her job that day which resulted in the anguish.