Wednesday 17th January 2018,

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Man Arrested for Hate Crime in Mall. Hate Monger Goes Off on Flight

posted by Louis Chan
Jeffrey Burgess

Jeffrey Burgess faces charges of assault and ethnic intimidation

By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent

A sad scene earlier this week at a mall in Pittsburgh.

A man who police said was speaking with slurred speech, staggering and smelled of alcohol has been arrested for allegedly beating an Indian American man sitting next to him in a bar, reported WTAE.

Ankur Mehta told police he was on his tablet with his ear buds on.

According to investigators, Burgess began making racial slurs and calling Mehta “a sand n**ger” and (expletive) Muslim.

“Things are different now,” Burgess is quoted as saying to Mehta. “I don’t want you sitting next to me, you people”

Mehta is not Muslim, but the incident as described by police follows a disturbing pattern of bigotry.

“We believe this is just the latest incident in a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes since the November 8 elections,” said the Council of American Islamic Relations in a statement.

Another incident which occurred during a commercial flight has been making the rounds on social media.

Someone taped a passenger spewing hate speech during a flight. As you’ll see, the passengers tried to ignore him, but it was impossible.

Awareness of these sorts of incidents is important, but solutions are truly needed.
Education is key. That’s why reporting on these is necessary.
What’s needed is for all of us to get involved. Whether its contacting our local, state and national representatives demanding that our civil rights be protected or greater discussion of these issues in our schools and churches, all of us must take part.
Simply venting frustration is not enough. Violence is not the answer. Neither is remaining silent.
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