Saffiyah Khan, is the brave woman pictured staring down the leader of the far-right English Defence League.
The EDL, is a far-right group based in the UK, known for its Islamophobic ideology. They self describe themselves as an anti-racist and human rights organization, but are widely known for their rowdy, violent and xenophobic protests. This protest, in particular, was an anti muslim demonstration in response to the attack on Westminster Bridge last month.
Kahn chose the “kill ‘em with kindness” approach, when the group of rowdy white supremacists infiltrated her home city of Birmingham, England ― and it made for some incredible photos. She said she "was not scared in the slightest."
“I ended up going to the EDL demo because there is a history of harassment and assault of Muslims, vulnerable members of the public, and people of color at the demos and outside of it,” Khan said.
Saffiyah Khan said she felt compelled to step in when Ian Crossland and over 20 EDL supporters confronted a woman wearing a hijab who had been shouting at them.
Saffiyah says the police "did nothing" to protect the woman.
But when she stepped in, the group turned on her and she was caught in a stand-off with Crossland which was caught on camera.
She is seen standing with one hand in her pocket calmly looking down at irate Crossland. It's very clear who had the upper hand.
The viral photo was taken by Press Association photographer Joe Giddens.
Throughout her interaction with Crossland, she continued to smile, clearly unfazed. Her photo quickly went viral, with thousands on Twitter celebrating her badassery.
Who looks like they have power here, the real Brummy on the left or the EDL who migrated for the day to our city and failed to assimilate pic.twitter.com/bu96ALQsOL— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) April 8, 2017
I fucking love this photo. Look at how helpless, clueless and raging the EDL prick is. Look at how in control, calm and cool-as-fuck she is pic.twitter.com/0CuzAoZFVo— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) April 8, 2017
her name is saffiyah khan. iconic embodiment of both young modern britain and the entire concept of "u mad?" pic.twitter.com/xApkobsltb— Luigi Hadid (@ElSangito) April 9, 2017
In a follow-up interview with the [BBC], Khan said that “Sometimes it’s more important to smile than to shout.”
"Sometimes it's more important to smile than to shout" - Saffiyah Khan went viral for smiling in the face of the EDL pic.twitter.com/PVzBaQFtlS— Catrin Nye (@CatrinNye) April 10, 2017
Slay girl, slay.
h/t | mirror.co.uk
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