[All images in this post are courtesy Navraj Singh.]
Earlier in August, a video went viral of a younger British Sikh lady and an expertise she had when asking to affix a recreation of soccer with a bunch of children in her space. 10-year-old Munsimar Kaur, MK, went to the park and requested a bunch of children if she might play soccer with them; she was instructed she couldn’t as a result of she was a “terrorist.” In a while, that week, when taking part in with a brand new buddy she had made, her buddy’s mom got here and forbade her youngster from taking part in with MK as a result of she mentioned MK was “harmful.”
It’s heartbreaking to listen to that somebody might assume this of a younger youngster simply due to her look. MK wears a conventional Sikh turban and due to this, she was discriminated towards when all she needed to do was play a recreation she loves. She is 10 years outdated. She shouldn’t be a menace. She was not doing something mistaken.
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MK, with the assistance of her mother and father, launched the next video on her expertise and used it as a chance to indicate be the larger particular person within the face of racism.
Racist Park @GLL_UK
My eldest daughter Munsimar Kaur, aged 10, tells her personal true story. In the present day it was my youngster tomorrow it may very well be yours. #sikh pic.twitter.com/NwR4iFUUE7
— Sikh Dad (@sikhdad) August eight, 2019
This video went viral and reached one other soccer lover, Navraj Singh, a Sports activities Scientist with Arsenal Soccer Membership in London. Singh spoke to the soccer membership and received MK and her mother and father to come back in for an unique day with the employees and group. He says:
After watching MK’s video, I simply needed to do what I might to indicate her how I admired her bravery and that I supported her, I watched her video and simply admired how she dealt with the state of affairs a lot. She’s undoubtedly particular and I simply needed to do what I might to indicate her that I supported her and admired her for standing as much as racism with such poise!
Singh has been engaged on a venture referred to as Asians in Soccer the place he’s serving to increase cash for YUWA, a program in rural Jharkhand, India which makes use of soccer to assist educate and construct braveness and confidence in younger ladies who are sometimes prone to youngster marriage or human trafficking. Speaking about their conditions, Singh mentions,
These children simply wish to be children. It breaks my coronary heart that whether or not it’s rural India, or right here in London, they nonetheless face obstacles to be themselves and simply reside regular lives.
On the Arsenal membership, MK got here in and met with gamers and employees from the membership. At one level, Singh requested her if she needed to introduce herself to the gamers, and MK bravely walked as much as everybody current and shared her story. Workforce Arsenal gamers had been in awe of how somebody at such a younger age was so clever past her years and utilizing an hostile expertise to assist educate the world round her. MK continued on to thank them for supporting her and received signatures from each participant, employees, and help current within the constructing to culminate her go to.
MK’s story shouldn’t be unusual. There are various youngsters world wide who expertise racism from a younger age when all they’re making an attempt to do is be children. It’s as much as all of us to face with them and help them by way of it. Thanks Nav and Workforce Arsenal for standing as much as racism and displaying the world that all of us belong.
MK – you’re unimaginable! Carry on shining and smiling within the face of adversity. We right here at Brown Woman Journal help you and all of the little ladies on the market!