An incident that mirrors far too many in America these days took place in Glasgow, Scotland on April 12, 2019.
Zaitoon Sharif was out shopping at Toryglen branch of Asda supermarkets when she was confronted by a “Scottish caucasian man” who went out of his way to harass her.
She captured the incident on video, in which the man can be heard telling her to “go back to her own country” (Sharif was born in Scotland).
The violent nature with which the man confronted her and her family left Sharif, along with her children, very shaken.
'#Hate #crime, #racism & #Islamophobia has reared its ugly head again,' mum-of-two Zaitoon Sharif says after she was #racially #abused at an #Asda Supermarket in #Glasgow #Scotland Asian shouts 'go back to your own country' https://t.co/TQzeV1lIYQ @TellMamaUK
— Omar Kuddus (@OmarKuddus) April 14, 2019
Sister and mum of two Zaitoon Sharif was racially abused at an Asda supermarket in Glasgow been told to go back to her own country. Will I be told to go back to my own country? I'm white and my great grandad fought in WW2 you fuckers knock me sick! She was born here suck your mum
— Danielle Johnson (@DanielleJavaid) April 14, 2019
Supermarket racist video: Glasgow twunt arrested after abusing mother in Asda
— Mista Marmite (@mistamarmite) April 14, 2019
STV News ^ | https://t.co/5w3jAHTHhc | Glasgow mum racially abused in front of her kids in Asda
A Glasgow mum has been subjected to shocking racist abuse in front of her young children while shopping at Asda in Toryglen.
A video has surfaced online showing Zaitoon Sharif bein…
— Internet Magazine (@Scotland4me) April 13, 2019
“My daughter and niece are both autistic and were extremely frightened by the whole exchange,” she said in her Facebook post.
“For something like this to happen in my beautiful Scotland is just disgusting. I myself am OK-ish, but my girls were extremely shaken by the whole thing and very frightened.”
This racist behaviour, to me begs some important questions.
When is a person no longer a foreigner?
When is the UK home?
When or how many generations does it take to be classified as a native?
Where do these people really think that people who born here should ' go home' to? pic.twitter.com/dpZPJQv5tJ
— Omar Kuddus (@OmarKuddus) April 14, 2019
I think I’m better staying in Pakistan now. No asylum applications anymore.
— gaymuslim (@bearcubpk) April 15, 2019
Reportedly this has happened before with people from Glasgow:
Preacher came to our beautiful, peaceful town and told me the same: “go back to your own country”. He was from Glasgow. How can you preach about God’s love and at the same time spread racism and hate??? And guess what? Nobody stood by me. #HateCrime #HateSpeech #hate #racist pic.twitter.com/KiFluxHUvb
— Anna Barbara Welian (@Ouzaru84) April 14, 2019
Don't have to say anything? Oooh. I would confront the racist and give them a taste of their own medicine. No More meek immigrants who 'Don't want to cause trouble' You be racist you'll get served. #Racism https://t.co/ocAJwkNFHA
— Z-Pac (@ZakriaCaan) April 13, 2019
After Sharif called the police, a man matching the description of the offender was arrested and charged.
“If I take anything away from this incident, it’s always to say stand up for yourself in a dignified manner,” Sharif concluded.
The woman stands her ground , shes definately "Made in Glasgow" and Glasgow Women will not tolerate this rubbish . They can and will square right up to it and stamp it out clearly and why not . We are all one no room for racism
— Robert (@Arbroathhuskies) April 14, 2019
I thought we were better than this.
— iHarbonaut 🏴🦖🕹️ (@iHarbonaut) April 14, 2019
Good grief. If we’re not careful, all we’ll be left after Brexit and the maintenance of our “master (EMPIRE) race” is low intelligence thugs who’ve no idea what they’re talking about. This lady was BORN IN SCOTLAND FFS!
— MrsC (@immielish) April 14, 2019
I'd like to think the reason the staff stood there like statues doing feck all is because they were so gobsmacked they didn't know what to do. I think some training is in order.
— NoTimorousBeastie (@NotTimorous) April 14, 2019
Hope they throw the book at him. A dictionary would be a good one for starters…
— Mr.Me,McKinney (@CaptDaddyPuppy) April 14, 2019
“If you see someone being harassed just stand beside them. You don’t have to say anything or do anything just show the person they are not alone.
Hate crime, racism and Islamophobia has reared its ugly head again.”
Cameron’s Britain, he must be so proud of his legacy! @David_Cameron
— Duncan Andrews (@AndrewsDuncan) April 14, 2019
Wondering what planet he's from think it's bawhead
— Dennis Taylor 🎗 (@denno61) April 14, 2019
Asda should have called police,made sure the woman and her family were safe.They needed to be proactive.
— Janice Mills (@citzgirl) April 14, 2019
Ignoramuse!! What was the word he was trying to use?? 😳😡so glad that this was filmed and I believe he has been charged 👍
— 45+🏴💖🏴 # HOOP #Scotref (@marieaspencer) April 14, 2019
betcha he's a tory voter n loves trump
— Alex Cochrane (@haggistrainer) April 14, 2019
Videos have surfaced across the USA of similar racist rants. “Go back to Mexico,” said one racist white woman.
A Connecticut public school teacher used the “N” word in a public place, resulting in her being fired from Hamden’s school system.
— tom donald #FBSI (@tomclearwood) April 14, 2019
Why are many of the people who make these remarks white and bald?
— AnneJ (@Anne_J101) April 14, 2019
He’s an embarrassment (although that might be the collective noun for halfwits). Checkout worker handled it well though!
— Eileen C (@neltwit) April 14, 2019
He actually throws in a “sweetheart”… Knob!
— Martin Lafferty G.M.F.C 1874 (@thelaffinboy) April 14, 2019
These incidents are beginning to emerge as a pattern—and we must all pay attention.