A Muslim law graduate says he sees or experiences hate crime in Brighton on a “daily basis” .Hmmm, OK. Any examples?
Mageed Gharib, 22, says incidents of prejudice in his home-town include his relative being called a ‘dirty Arab’ while parking a car.Just while parking a car? A random passerby abused him, out of the blue, unprovoked?
“A few months ago I was with a family member and we took the parking space that the other person wanted near Churchill Square and they got called a ‘dirty Arab’.”Aha! A parking dispute suddenly becomes a ‘hate crime’ solely by use of the noticing of a personal characteristice; if he’d called him ‘fat’ instead, it’d simply remain a parking dispute.
There must be more to it than that. Surely?
He said: “I witness it all the time – you see how differently people treat you. “I remember about a year ago during Eid one of my friends was wearing his Islamic clothing, and the looks he was getting... ”Ah. Right. You dress differently to everyone else then complain when they look at you. Goths, nuns and Beefeaters feel your pain, Mageed…
He added: “As a Muslim living in Brighton I have personally witnessed and experienced hate crime on a daily basis.
“I feel that this is especially bad due to Brighton’s great diversity of religions, cultures, and sexual orientations.”Yeah, yeah. Will we see you and your fellow mosque-goers at the next Brighton ‘Pride’ march, then, Mageed?