When someone tried to recruit Chris Herbert to participate in “anti-Muslim propaganda,” the British war veteran hit back. Now, his response in the form of a Facebook post is going viral.
Herbert, who lost his left leg in Iraq when he was 19, wrote on Facebook that he was tired of people assuming he hated Muslims because he had suffered an injury while serving in the Middle East.
“Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me because I got blown up,” he wrote. “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.”
Herbert's post has over 130,000 shares. He added that he has experienced discrimination from white people in Britain since his return. In the Facebook post, he said someone spat on his girlfriend for dating “a cripple,” pushed his wheelchair and yelled at his father for parking in a disabled parking area when meeting Herbert upon his return from the army.
His post comes as many politicians have expressed outrage over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent anti-Muslim comments. Trump called Monday for a “total and complete” ban of Muslims entering the United States. Since then, members of Trump’s party, the White House, Democrats and international leaders in places such as the United Kingdom and Israel have publicly said they disagree with his ideas.
The terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, which were carried out by Muslims followers of the Islamic State group, have led to an increase in national security concerns. Trump and other Republican politicians, reacting to these security concerns, have used anti-Muslim rhetoric, and American-Muslims have been experiencing an uptick in violence and discrimination around the country.