Earlier this year this Sikh basketball player’s image was utilised by some morons online within a racist meme. Thankfully the internet has struck back.
Darsh Singh was the NCAA’s first turbaned Sikh basketball player, and he was once the co-captain of his team at Trinity University.
The meme suggested that Darsh was in fact a potential terrorist, and people would not mark him due to the threat of him carrying explosives.
Thankfully for Darsh he has made a lot of friends in life, and they were not about to allow the abuse to stand.
On December 6 his mate Greg Worthington took to Facebook to set the record straight.
Over 35,000 shares later, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center set up #BeLikeDarsh.
As a result Twitter has gone crazy with social media users highlighting all the reasons Darsh is a perfect role model.
— Alton Wang (@altonwang) December 9, 2015
— Smithsonian APA (@SmithsonianAPA) December 8, 2015
— Adriel Luis (@DRZZL) December 9, 2015
I was not a cool kid in high school, but with every interaction I ever had with him, he made me feel valuable. #BeLikeDarsh
— Ματτ (@Didymath) December 9, 2015
The best weapon against hate is Love. The best way to dispel darkness is Light. -Darsh Preet Singh #BeLikeDarsh
— breh (@Chicago_dope) December 10, 2015
And then the man himself stepped in to have his say.
— Darsh Singh (@darshpreetsingh) December 8, 2015
What an absolute legend.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.