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10-Year Old Booted From Bus For Speaking Arabic

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10-Year Old Booted From Bus For Speaking Arabic

Via TYT (TheYoungTurks)

“A new lawsuit filed Friday in Brooklyn Federal Court charges that a 10-year-old Brooklyn boy was called a “terrorist” and banned from boarding a bus when he recited a Muslim prayer in Arabic after losing his MetroCard. According to the family’s lawyer, Hyder Naqvi, the boy was trying to board a bus home from school in Sheepshead Bay in October 2012 when he realized he’d lost his MetroCard. He recited the following prayer in Arabic as he searched for, and found, his card: “I stand in the name of God the most merciful, the most beneficent.” After hearing him do so, the driver became angry, called the boy a “terrorist,” and slammed the door shut…”.* Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur break it down on The Young Turks.

*Read more here from LACEY DONOHUE / Gawker: http://gawker.com/mta-bus-driver-bans-10-year-old-boy-from-bus-for-speaki-1453804519

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  1. So unless that bus driver boots anyone off his bus who is speaking a language other than English, and calls them all “terrorists”, he’s at the very least guilty of discrimination. I would urge his employer to suspend him and send him to training in the Constitutional right of free speech. Unless the boy was attempting to communicate directly with the bus driver when he was speaking Arabic (considering that he way praying, he communication was meant for God, though), the bus driver was making a decision based on his own personal prejudicies and stereotypes. Although our lingua franca in the United States is English, that does not prevent polyglots from communicating amongst themselves or from engaging in acts of worship in their preferred tongue.

  2. What is wrong with what the young boy said? When a Spanish speaker loses something they might say “Dios mio” . When an English speaker loses something don’t they say “Oh my God” or even worse (using foul language)?
    The young boy did nothing wrong. The bus driver was WRONG in my opinion. He should be suspended and be ordered to take a Cultural Competence class on those days off from work!

  3. I HOPE THE PARENT OF THE 10 YEAR OLD SUE THE HELL OUT OF THAT BEGOT DRIVER, AND WIN ! THE EMPLOYER OF THIS DRIVER MUST LET THIS IDIOT GO !THERE IS NO ROOM FOR RACISTS , BEGOT IN AMERICA ! PERIOD.

  4. Wait a second, didn’t the kid lose his Metro Card? What, does praying in Arabic suddenly give you a right to free bus fare?

  5. BTW…I doubt the bus driver speaks Arabic to be SURE that this was Arabic (and therefore HAD to be an Islamic prayer). Plenty of other languages to the untrained ear sound like gibberish. It could have been farsi, or hebrew or greek or x or x or x and how would the driver know? So there;s another racial profile.

    if this bus driver was SURE it was Arabic, ALSO there are PLENTY of Arab CHRISTIANS!!!! Arab does NOT mean MUSLIM. So if I’m Christian and I say the same prayer in Arabic, am I also a terrorist and should be kicked off the bus??

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