Adam Eli, a community organizer and writer in New York City shared a video on Monday after a subway ride.
In it, a man yells for Eli to remove his kippah because he is supposedly "desecrating the name of God."
Eli instead chose to film the interaction.
The man follows Eli out of the subway and to the corner block, yelling at Eli.
"Take your kippah off! This is not Judaism!"
Meanwhile Eli is asking the man to leave him alone. Luckily, some other people stand in front of the man, allowing Eli to cross the street.
However, sharing the video was meant for more than just shaming the man in the video.
2. This is a fraction of what our trans + GNC family get every single day. In this moment I was able to stand up to… https://t.co/1hpI6JMTWJ— Adam Eli (@Adam Eli) 1568038245.0
As Eli explains, he spent a long time having to hear people tell him he couldn't be who he is, and he isn't going to back down on that now. While it may seem like society has become more accepting, we still have a long way to go.
Next, despite all the abuse he took, Eli points out that he is still privileged. Trans and non-binary people are still assaulted and subjected to hatred like this every day.
It's important to point out not just the fights that affect you, but the work we still must do to have everyone treated equally.
3. cont Racism, transphobia, xenophobia, islamophobia, anti semitism and ableism hold hands. Our ancestors taught u… https://t.co/TtfqNbF5W2— Adam Eli (@Adam Eli) 1568038368.0
Despite how far we've come as a society, there are still a lot of negative sentiments for different marginalized groups. Anyone who is not cisgender, heterosexual, White or male experiences a very different version of modern life than someone who is.
Just recently, a British politician tried to argue that gay people shouldn't be seen on television until after 9pm. And of all people, Piers Morgan had to be the one to shut him down and call out his bigotry.
Eli was thankfully safe after this incident, but there are many times people aren't when they're attacked over their identity.
We need to do better.
@matthewgfrench @aewerner @imjustinrandall That was my first thought too— alice white 🍋🥚(she/her) (@alice white 🍋🥚(she/her)) 1568060310.0
I'm still struggling with my Christian identity tbh bc I was taught you can't label yourself as a gay Christian, or… https://t.co/3d1tJUIEZ2— Ti (@Ti) 1568142283.0
@staaaazzzz @aewerner I thought the same thing!! Sticking her hand out protectively was AWESOME!!! She is a hero!!!— ✨Marie ✨Imagine living life in peace..✨💫 (@✨Marie ✨Imagine living life in peace..✨💫) 1568150758.0
@Blacktallbig @aewerner @chellamanart This psycho will kills somebody soon. Authorities should find him and get him… https://t.co/dXO7bZIdVb— Anja (@Anja) 1568136141.0
At this time, Eli has not filed a police report about the incident, but it's likely the viral video has done more to combat this kind of attack. Spreading the word and keeping people from becoming complacent is very important.
Eli did have something he wants to share with the man in the video.
"No one gets to tell me when and where I get to wear my kippah."
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