US Man Shouts ‘Go Back To Lebanon’ To Punjabi-American Girl

By 26th March 2017 0 Comments


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Rajpreet Heir’s case is yet another disturbing incident of racial discrimination.
NEW YORK: A Punjabi-American girl was harassed on a subway train here when a man, mistaking her to be from the Middle East, allegedly shouted “go back to Lebanon” and “you don’t belong in this country,” the latest in a series of hate crimes against people of South-Asian origin.

Rajpreet Heir was taking the subway train to a friend’s birthday party in Manhattan this month when the man began shouting at her, according to a report in the New York Times.

Ms Heir recounted the ordeal in a video for a Times section called ‘This Week in Hate’, which highlights hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of President Donald Trump.

Ms Heir said she was looking at her phone when the man shouted at her saying, “Do you even know what a Marine looks like? Do you know what they have to see? What they do for this country? Because of people like you.”

He told Ms Heir he hoped she was sent “back to Lebanon” and using expletives said, “You don’t belong in this country,” before he left the subway.

Ms Heir, a Sikh, said she was born 30 miles from Lebanon, not the Middle Eastern country but a namesake city in the American state of Indiana.

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