|Ground Zero Mob turning on Black Man in Skull Cap: YouTube|
(Story reported by Mail Foreign Service for the UK Daily Mail)
This is the terrifying moment a man is verbally abused because a crowd demonstrating against plans to build a mosque near New York's Ground Zero believe he is a Muslim.
The powerfully built black man who is wearing a type of hat similar to that worn by Muslim men is called a 'coward' and verbally abused by some opponents to the mosque.
|photo credit: YouTube|
Telling them that he does not practice Islam and that they 'don't know why I'm here', the man - identified as a carpenter called Kenny - is eventually saved by the intervention of two men.
But that doesn't stop one construction worker in a hard-hat, seeming spoiling for a fight, from squaring up to him.
After a series of jostles, the man is eventually asked to leave the site for his own safety and escorted away by police officers.
Yesterday's protests drew hundreds of fever-pitch demonstrators, with opponents carrying signs associating Islam with blood, supporters shouting 'Say no to racist fear!' and American flags waving on both sides.
Brooklyn plumber Steve Ayling said the people who want to build the project are the same ones who 'took down the twin towers'.
Nearby, several hundred people who support the mosque chanted: 'Muslims are welcome here. We say no to racist fear.'
(click here to read the full story on the UK Daily Mail website)