American Soldier Stands Up For Muslim Man Against Anti-Islamic Bigot

ABC’s “What Would You Do” captured the powerful moment when a soldier defends a Middle-Eastern man from a ranting Islamaphobe.

1. ABC’s hidden-camera series “What Would You Do” filmed random people’s reactions to an anti-Muslim bigot (an actor) ranting at a Middle-Eastern shop owner (also an actor). At 4:45, a uniformed soldier shuts the Islamaphobe down.

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2. “Don’t deal with this guy,” the actor playing the racist customer tells the soldier. “He’s a Muslim.”

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3. “We live in America. He can have any religion he wants,” the soldier replies.

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4. “Aren’t you fighting against these guys?”

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5. “Not at the moment. Right now I’m ordering a sandwich.”

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6. “I don’t think he should be working here.”

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7. “Buy your chips and move out.”

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8. “Look, I’d like to order some food, just not from you, okay?”

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9. “Get out. Put the chips down and go buy them somewhere else.”

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10. “You want me to leave this place?”

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11. “You have a choice to shop anywhere just like he has a choice to practice his religion anywhere. That’s the reason I wear the uniform — so anyone can live free in this country. Leave the man alone. Buy your stuff. And leave.”

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Ellie Hall is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C.
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