Last week, British war veteran Chris Herbert posted an "angry rant" on Facebook that went viral for a very good reason. The soldier's post came after an Islamophobic group asked him to support their intolerant rhetoric. People expected Herbert to be Islamophobic because he was wounded by a Muslim man while fighting in the Iraq war, and lost his leg as a result.
"Well I posted an angry rant because an Islamophobic group tried to recruit me as a poster boy, and it went a bit mad!' writes Herbert on Facebook.
Instead of feeding the hate, Herbert decided to shine light on what he thinks about Muslims, and how they have affected his life
Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me, because I got blown up. Here it is:
Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg.
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 Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life
A Muslim Nurse was part of the team that helped me when I returned to the UK
A Muslim Healthcare Assistant was part of the team that sorted out my day to day needs in rehabilitation when I was learning to walk
A Muslim taxi driver gave me a free ride the first time I went for a beer with my Dad after I came home.
A Muslim doctor offered my Dad comfort and advice in a pub, when he didn't know how to deal with my medicines and side effects.
Contrary to that, A white brit spat in my girlfriends face for 'fucking a cripple when you could have me [him]'
A White brit pushed my wheelchair away from a lift so he could use it first.A White brit screamed at my Dad for parking in a disabled bay when I was in the services coming home(Although, alot of people helped in my recovery!
I dont hate white brits either! hahaha)Point is, f*ck off.
I know who I dislike, and I know who I don't. I know who I appreciate, and I know who I dont. If you want to hate an entire race of men and women for the actions of a few d*ckheads feel free, but don't push your views on me, thinking I am an easy target because one douchebag decided it was my day to die.
Blaming all Muslims for the actions of groups like Daeshe and the Taliban, is like blaming all Christians for the actions of the KKK or Westboro Baptist Church. Get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work.
The Facebook post was received positively around the world.
With anti-Muslim sentiment on the rise, it's important to remind ourselves that the actions of the few are are not representative of an entire group of people.