We will be joined by a special family this Saturday when we host Stoke City at Griffin Park. Around a month ago, the Club became aware of a video posted on social media by Gurpreet Singh of his ten-year-old daughter, Munsimar, who had been the victim of racism as she tried to play locally.
Munsimar and Gurleen, five, will lead the Bees out on Saturday alongside their father, Gurpreet, who will carry the youngest member of the family, one-year-old Gobind. Munsimar will also be introduced to Salma from our Women's Development Team, who unfortunately was subjected to racial abuse of a similar kind, before joining Peter Gilham at half-time to tell her story to the Griffin Park crowd.
The Club have also arranged for the Kent-based family to be transported to and from the game before they enjoy a day as our guests with some VIP treatment.
Gurpreet, an Arsenal fan by heart, said: “The kindness that Brentford have shown us all is overwhelming and we can’t wait to come to the match. These things are negative but we can only control how we respond to these attacks and something like this can open up conversations. We have heard lots of great things about Brentford and you will no doubt become our second club”.
You can see and read Munsimar’s story here:
I was at a park where I was greeted not very nicely. I was there with my grandma and we were in two separate areas. I was with six and overs; there was a game called swing chase and a group of teenagers were playing. When I asked to play the game with them they said loud and clear no you can’t play with us because you are a terrorist. This left me heartbroken but I kept my head up and went away. We went back the next day and I made good friends with a girl but then her mum called her over and whispered to her you can’t play with that girl because she is dangerous, the girl said I’m so sorry I can’t play with you. I knew that she didn’t mean it because she said sorry, this was worse coming from an adult and this is definitely not a good example to set for her nine-year-old daughter.
My message to the world:
This just shows the lack of awareness and exposure that some people have. Sikhs are naturally caring so we love and treat everyone the same but I need to speak out about this because not everyone is strong enough to walk away or have people that they can talk to. My advice is to keep your chin up, tell your parents and trust me it will be okay, I know as I have felt the same way.
Since then the video that I have made went viral and as a result of this my Dad and I have been interviewed on TV, Radio and by various newspapers. We have received messages of support from all over the world about how a negative experience of racism has been turned into a positive opportunity for education and awareness.
I have also thought about how it should become mandatory that schools have lessons about racism, because it has always been there and sadly is still present in our society today.
We are very grateful to Brentford for being so supportive and giving us this wonderful opportunity to share our story with you all today.
The Club would like to thank Peter Gilham and The Lifeline Society for donating a mascot package for Munsimar today.