What would you do if a man were to abuse you because of the color of your skin or your country of origin or the religion you belong to ? Most of us would be very angry or sad or go to the extent of insulting back, but what Aminur Chowdhury did to a racist British citizen was the exact opposite and absolutely amazing.
On May 14, Aminur Chowdhury was racially insulted by Ben Gallon, a homeless British citizen at the time.
But Mr Chowdhury decided to reform Ben through an innovative approach by having a drink and a chat with his assailant, eventually helping Mr Gallon to turn his life around.
Mr Chowdhury said: “Initially I turned the other cheek, but then I was challenging Ben about what he had said to me, I stopped and had a chat with him for about 15 minutes.”
After speaking to Ben, Mr Chowdhury said he could help him find a job and the pair exchanged contact details. At first, Ben thought he was only being polite about the job offer but he says he got a call from him the next day with a job interview.
He said: “The next day he gave me a call, said ‘can I come pick you up Ben, I’ve got an interview for you’. That same day, he came round to get me, drove me down to the place on Canal Road and then within ten minutes I had been offered the job.”
Mr Chowdhury’s determination to help Ben did not stop there; he also assisted him in finding an apartment to rent in Bradford.
Ben regretting his actions said: “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’ve learned my lesson. What I said was completely out of character for me, I’m not a racist. Things are starting to look up for me. I’ve started the job and it’s fantastic.”
Mr. Chowdhury believes that tolerance is the best response to any form of hate and racism. He believes that the more love you show, the more the others will love you.