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California man charged with hate crime after rant at Taco Bell against Indian man

Singh Tejinder, 37, was filmed repeatedly saying "dirty Hindu" and other derogatory comments about the Indian ethnicity and Hindu faith to Krishnan Jayaraman on Aug. 21.image.thumb.png.40fb7658bf8e619390d401de2ceb69cd.pnghttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-man-charged-hate-crime-rant-taco-bell-indian-man-rcna45463

Jayaraman recorded the tirade that lasted over eight minutes on his phone, capturing the moment Tejinder told him: “You’re disgusting, dog. You look nasty. Don’t come out in public like this again.”

In the foul-mouthed rant, Tejinder called him a "dirty Hindu," repeatedly used the N-word, and insinuated Jayaraman didn’t eat meat and yelled “Beef!” in his face. He appeared to spit at Jayaraman twice in the footage.

At one point Tejinder was seen saying, "B----, this ain’t India! You f---ed India up, and now you’re f---ing America up.”

The Fremont Police Department confirmed the footage to NBC News.

Jayaraman said he was frightened by the incident, and was even more upset to later learn the perpetrator was also Indian.

“I was scared, to be honest with you. I was infuriated on the one hand, but I was scared that, ‘What if this guy becomes too belligerent and then comes after me?’” he said to NBC Bay Area.

 

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Has anyone watched the video above? I think the Sikh guy was annoyed at the little Indian fella for wearing chappals. Tbf I too was confronted with similar sights during the recent hot weather. I went to a Indian supermarket to get the usual supplies, and the amount of crusty brown feet in flip-flops was too damn high! (I'm joking btw).

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1 hour ago, 5aaban said:

Is wearing 'chappals' considered inappropriate in America? It's a very common sight in Australia and New Zealand. 

I have no idea. I don't think it's a problem. Most people from "cold" countries are a little self-conscious of showing their feet even during heatwaves. I think recent immigrants from warmer climates tend not to be too bothered about these things.

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Near the end of the video it becomes clear the Sikh guy's irrational hatred of the Hindu guy stems from some sort of political / religious sentiment. The Sikh berates the Hindu guy's "people" for bowing down to the British and enabling their subsequent colonising behaviour. It's all there in the video if you watch until the end. The Sikh guy has a point BUT a keen student of history could point out that Sikh collusion with British colonisers was a reality that unfortunately cannot be ignored.

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