Victim of Racial Slur Helps his Abuser

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 17th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A man in the United Kingdom walked out of a pub and heard a racist slur hurled at him by a homeless man in the street. Instead of responding negatively, he engaged in an act of selfless love, teaching his abuser a lesson he is unlikely to forget.

Meet Aminur Chowdhury

Outside the Delius Pub, Claremont, Bradford, UK on May 14, 2014, Ben Gallon, a homeless 27-year-old man, shouted repeated racial slurs at 30-year-old Aminur Chowdhury, who had just left the pub. Instead of accosting his abuser or arguing with him, Chowdhury engaged Mr. Gallon in a fifteen-minute conversation, attempting to educate him about racism. "I realize I can't put the world to rights but I can try to educate people," said Aminur.

The following day Aminur returned to tell him he had secured an interview for a job for Ben. Not only did Aminur help Ben secure a job as a phone operative, but he secured for him a rented flat as well.

"Initially, I turned the other cheek, but then I was challenging Ben about what he said to me. I stopped and had a chat with him for about fifteen minutes. I went back to see him the following day to tell him he had been offered a job. I care for him. It's a positive story."

"I could tell when I stopped to talk to Ben that he was a passionate guy...Ben's life is changing for the better and long may it continue. Ben is a delight to be with. He's not a bad guy."

"I want this story to send a message to the Bradford community in general."


For his part, Gallon, homeless since March, said "I've learned my lesson...There was no justification for me using those words. Kudos to him for forgiving me. I regret it. A positive thing has happened out of this situation. I was worse for drink when I made those comments."

"I didn't think anything of it when he said he could get me a job, but he drove me to the interview and I got it. Things are starting to look up for me. I've started the job and it's fantastic."


This story is a testament to the fact that no matter how you are treated, responding with love rather from a place of anger or fear can work absolute wonders.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar vandana7
17th Jun 2014 (#)

Very touching. :) It is in adversity that people become discriminatory and develop racial feelings. And it is then too we know who our real friends are.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jun 2014 (#)

Yes indeed. Thank you for commenting vandana7. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Ptrikha
17th Jun 2014 (#)

Remarkable story, but it needs a lot of inner courage and shedding one's ego to help someone who has not been exactly kind to you.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jun 2014 (#)

Indeed it does, which makes his actions that much more laudable. Thanks for commenting Ptrikha.

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author avatar joyalariwo
17th Jun 2014 (#)

A very inspiring story Steve, it takes a lot to turn away from such hate to do something good and selfless. its really one to emulate wether you are on or off the divide.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jun 2014 (#)

Yes indeed. Thank you, joyalariwo.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
17th Jun 2014 (#)

One good turn... Great article!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl. This was the 'feel good' story I promised you after my last one depressed you.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
17th Jun 2014 (#)

Very interesting post!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
18th Jun 2014 (#)

A Good Samaritan story at its best Steve .
A lesson we could all learn from
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella.

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author avatar Retired
18th Jun 2014 (#)

It's a good lesson for everyone ... respond out of love no matter how you're treated. Thanks for sharing Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Yes indeed. Thank you Starrleena.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing this Steve. Yes indeed: "responding with love rather from a place of anger or fear can work absolute wonders."

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

Agreed. Thank you Helen.

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

What a great story Steve! Thanks so much for posting this as it shows the one and only way for people everywhere to live. Blessings.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

Yes, indeed it does. Thank you Kingwell.

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