Brampton East MPP Gurratan Singh, responded to racist remarks made at him at MuslimFest in Mississauga over the weekend. In a video posted on Twitter, which has been viewed more than 250,000 times, Singh, who is also NDP leader Jagmeet Singh's brother, was seen responding to a protestor’s anti-Islamic comments. Since this video has been posted, it has received a massive response from Canadians. 

In the video, a man is seen approaching Singh before spewing racist comments. Singh tells the man, later identified as National Citizens Alliance founder Stephen Gravey, that he condemns his racism.  

Gravey is heard asking if Singh supports Shariah law and "political Islam." “You’re hiding, buddy. I’ll debate you anytime,” Gravey is heard saying while security escorts him off the scene.

However, Singh stays calm throughout the video, stating, "We don't need that kind of racism in Canada."

Singh tweeted that his brother Jagmeet Singh taught him to “always confront racism,” and that he will always stand by his Muslim brothers and sisters to say “hate is wrong.”

Jagmeet Singh, federal NDP leader in Burnaby South, responded to a woman’s racist comments back in 2017 by saying he supports her rights but will not be intimidated by hate.

"I gotta admit, I'm proud of my brother for responding with strength, responding clearly that that is wrong."For so many Canadians this a reality, that what happened to my brother yesterday is not a one-off incident,” Jagmeet Singh told CBC news.

Gravey also posted his version of the story online, explaining that he confronted political correctness and pandering to ethnic minorities because someone had to do it.

The response online largely condemn Gravey’s approach and the comments he made as twitter exploded with people saying they are proud of Singh. 

Singh has been applauded online for taking a stand against racism even though he is not Muslim and could have said that to end the conversation. Muslims have also responded by thanking him for taking the stand against hate.

Both of the Singh brothers are actually Sikh, but have stood up against anti-Islamic comments rather than saying they’re not Muslims.


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