Last summer, Ryan Carr boarded a plane, saw some guy in a turban (who presumably had darker skin than Carr) and posted the following tweet:
“Am I racist if I feel uncomfortable about a guy with a turban on my plane because this isn’t okay with me.”
First of all, if you have to preface a thought with the phrase “am I racist if…” then it probably is racist and you should keep that thought to yourself. Second of all, do you seriously think this guy’s a terrorist?
Just because he’s got brown skin and a turban, and therefore must be a Muslim?
This”guy with a turban” had to go through all the same security checkpoints you did. Like you, he took his shoes off, emptied his pockets of metal objects and put them in the tray, and had TSA employees peer into the X-ray images of his luggage. Since the TSA employees may be as bigoted as you are, this man also may have gotten pat-searched or (shudder) worse.
Ryan Carr’s got 1,257 followers, of whom 890 (nearly 71 percent!) retweeted his post, and 450 (over 35 percent!) favorited it.
It took over a year for someone to finally clap a stopper on Ryan Carr and his capers (does his @HardRCarr handle stand for Hard Right Carr, or is it just a coincidence?). But when Ashishpal Singh (@YungAshuSingh) came across Carr’s tweet, his epic reply slammed the ridiculous hypocrisy of Carr’s anti-muslim racism in a brilliantly succinct 138 characters.
“@HardRcarr ugh I know what you mean, I get really uncomfortable whenever I see a white man walk into a movie theater or elementary school.”
Alas, we can’t see how Carr responded because his profile is now “protected.” Singh’s brilliant rejoinder got a whopping 8,053 retweets (including one from President Barack Obama) and 11,173 favorites. The self-described “Musician/Poor Person/Former baby/Future dead guy” also acquired lots of new followers (as of this writing, he has a total of 4,823), whom he warns:
Welcome new followers. Get ready to be severely disappointed
— Ashishpal Singh (@YungAshuSingh) August 6, 2014
UPDATE, 8/7/2014 7:52 p.m. EST: To Carr’s credit, he apologized to Singh and the two of them had a heart-to-heart. Singh posted the following:
@HarRCarr has personally apologized to me. He’s a good kid who posted something stupid on the internet. Our 15 minutes of fame is over now.
We feel relieved that Carr had the courage and the good grace to apologize to Singh. Yet we also still find it disturbing that so many of us post and share this sort of stuff so casually, without even realizing that we’re demonizing real human beings.