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Vikings Fan Claims He Was Accosted at Game by Racist D-Bag Who Demanded to Know If He Was a Refugee

by: Esteban On  Thursday, December 10, 2015
Tags:  Minnesota Vikings   NFL   Racism  

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On Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune ran a commentary piece by a man named Deepinder Mayell who says he was accosted at Sunday’s Vikings-Seahawks game by a man who pointed a finger in his face and demanded to know whether he was a refuge.

Of course, Mayell is not a refugee. He was born and raised in New York, he went to college in Boston, and he’s lived in Minnesota for four years. However, Mayell is an attorney who works with refugees. Specifically, he’s the director of the Refugee and Immigrant Program at an organization called Advocates for Human Rights.

But none of that should even matter, because (a) there is nothing wrong with being a refugee, and (b) no one minding their own damn business should be singled out and tacitly accused of being a terrorist simply because their skin is a different color.

Needless to say, Mayell found the incident very unsettling:

In that moment, I was terrified. But what scared me the most was the silence surrounding me. As I looked around, I didn’t know who was an ally or an enemy. In those hushed whispers, I felt like I was alone, unsafe and surrounded. It was the type of silence that emboldens a man to play inquisitor. I thought about our national climate, in which some presidential candidates spew demagoguery and lies while others play politics and offer soft rebukes. It is the same species of silence that emboldened white supremacists to shoot five unarmed protesters recently in Minneapolis.

After the man had moved on, Mayell and a friend found a security guard and went to confront the man in hopes of getting him ejected. But that didn’t happen. The man apologized, and that was good enough for security:

The security staff talked with him privately. I don’t know what was said. He was not removed. Apparently, the Vikings do not think that hate speech and racism are removable offenses. My gameday experience was ruined. I tried to focus on the players, but I continued to take glances at the man who sat just a few yards away. I couldn’t help looking over my shoulder, wondering if he had inspired someone else. It was clear that I would not be bringing my family to a Vikings game.

Of course, all of this is the word of one man, and we don’t know for a fact that what he reported is accurate. What we do know is that Mayell has everything to lose by fabricating a story like this, and he included details in his story that investigation would be able to corroborate—namely, the involvement of stadium security. So it seems highly unlikely that he made up this disturbing story.

You can read his entire account on the Star-Tribune website.