A series of snaps of a Sikh man wearing a turban are being used as an archetype of Islamophobia.
The photos were posted on Twitter by a Sikh activist after Snapchats featuring candid images of an older man with captions implying he was a terrorist went viral
The first image shows a red circle around the man. It reads: 'Never mind I might not make it to Indy'
A next reads: update I'm still alive'
And: 'please god just let the man sleep'
The images were shared by Dr Simran Singh, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University.
Dr Singh wrote on Twitter:
This series of snaps should give you a sense of what it’s like for anyone who appears to be Muslim to travel by plane.
Twitter users first pointed out something painfully obvious:
The man in question is not a Muslim, he’s Sikh.
The detail of the man's faith was quickly rendered unimportant as Twitter users rallied against the “open racism and bigotry” behind the assumption that he was a Muslim.
Others pointed out the racist element of the snaps:
The Sikh community have been forced to defend themselves against Islamophobic attacks previously.
In California, a Sikh house of worship was vandalised with graffiti phrases like ‘F*** ISIS,’ and in Chicago, a Sikh man was once assaulted after being called ‘bin Laden’.
Islamophobic hate crimes jumped fivefold in the UK following the London Bridge terror attack.