In a powerful message shared on Facebook, a young British veteran who lost his leg while serving in the British army expressed frustration about people expecting him to be racist because of his experience.
Chris Herbert, was only 19 when he lost his leg in a roadside bomb blast while serving in Iraq in 2007. His right limb was shattered and his best friend was killed when their vehicle was hit by the bomb in Basra.
In his Facebook post, which has been shared 61,000 times, Herbert said someone had tried to recruit him for “anti Muslim propaganda” and called on people to stop blaming all those belonging to particular faith for the actions of a minority.
He urged people to “get a grip” of their lives, hug their family members and “get back to work”.
“I know who I dislike, and I know who I don’t. I know who I appreciate, and I know who I don’t,” the young veteran said. ”If you want to hate an entire race of men and women for the actions of a few, 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.”
He said while it was a Muslim who blew him us and he lost his leg, it were Muslims who treated him and helped him recover, listing down the number of people who helped him after he was injured, from Muslim medics to the surgeon.
Herbert also listed down bad experiences he’s had with white British people who mocked him for being a cripple and were unhelpful. However, he said he doesn’t hate them either.
Herbert’s message comes as politicians and people from across the globe express their outrage at the remarks made by US presidential contender Donald Trump, who suggested Muslims should be barred from entering America.