Every now and then, racism sneaks up on the citizens of foreign origins in the USA. The most recent recipient of racist comments was American actor-producer-civil servant of Indian origin, Kal Penn. The actor of The Namesake fame recently received a nasty comment on his Instagram profile.
Responding to the comment in an incredible way, Penn used the racist comment as a footing to raise funds for Syrian refugees, launching the campaign “in the name of the dude who said I don’t belong in America.”
According to a report by ABC, Penn shared a picture of the vile comment on his social media accounts that read- “You don’t belong in this country, you f****ng joke.” Along with the comment, he also shared a link to the fundraising page he created under the name “donating to Syrian refugees in the name of the dude who said I don’t belong in America.”
The goal was initially set at $2,500, but the page has managed to raise more than $5,00,000 for the fundraising campaign on behalf of the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to helping people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster.
Kalpen Suresh Modi aka Kal Penn was born to Indian immigrant parents in the USA. He shot to fame with his performances in the Harold & Kumar film series and his critically acclaimed performance in The Namesake. He also served as associate director of the White House of Public Engagement under Barack Obama’s administration.
“We are better than the hateful people who tell us we don’t belong in our own country, that America can’t be a beacon of freedom and hope for refugees from around the world. We will turn their bigotry, along with the President’s, into love,” he wrote on the crowdfunding page.
Amidst the outrage against US President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Penn’s action holds extra significance.
To donate to the fundraising campaign started by Kal Penn, visit here.