The children of BBC news presenter Mishal Husain were the target of racist abuse while on a supermarket shopping trip when a man told them to behave ‘like proper English children’.
Ms Husain’s three sons were accosted by the man at a branch of Waitrose near the family’s London home shortly before she flew out to Pakistan to report on the death of Osama Bin Laden.
British-born Ms Husain, whose parents are from Pakistan, is said to have called for the manager and asked for the man to be confronted following the incident last Sunday.
Ms Husain is one of the fastest-rising stars of BBC News. Her authoritative presence has been particularly in evidence this week in the aftermath of the raid on Bin Laden’s lair in Abbottabad, from where she has given reports outside the fortress compound of the Al Qaeda leader.
The regular presenter of BBC1’s Sunday evening news revealed on Twitter how racism threatened to spoil a family shopping trip the weekend before her departure. Well if that’s all she has to worry about… flip help her when she gets to Pakistan…
She was with husband Meekal Hashmi and their sons Rafael, six, and twins Musa and Zaki, four.
Cambridge graduate Ms Husain tweeted: ‘Joy of the supermarket: irritable older gentleman tells me my tribe need to behave “like proper English children”.’
Mr Hashmi, who also has family origins in Pakistan, posted details too.
He wrote: ‘My kids abused in Waitrose. Told off for not behaving like English children. Reminds me of life in Seventies. Sad how slowly things change.’
In 2009, Ms Husain was named one of the UK’s most powerful Muslim women. She often writes about her faith and describes herself as a ‘liberal Muslim’.
What is missing from this tweet (of course) is the behaviour that the man was objecting to…
Funny that, eh?
Also, that hubby, immediately brands the man a racist, based on one word. With that yardstick, most gangsta-rappas would be racist… yes?
What gets up the nose of most people (of all colours) is when people do something wrong or unacceptable and then seek to blame, or defer to others.
It has been my experience that ‘rising stars’ just don’t like people telling them off.
She evidently has a slight grasp of English too… the man saying ‘behave like English children’ could be inclusive.
Unless she doesn’t think of them as English… In which case, who’s the racist now?
And the delicious irony of her tweet too- ‘my tribe…’ lol