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Oliver: Since when are they hiring Muslims around here?

Narrator: Muslim-Americans are no strangers to stereotypes.

Oliver: Bet you go home and learn how to make bombs. Get on a plane back to Pakistan.

Narrator: More than a decade after 9/11, hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise.

Newscaster 1: A woman in custody facing hate crime charges after telling police she pushed the man to his death because she thought he was a Muslim.

Narrator: And the Boston Marathon bombing has them fearing even more backlash. We traveled to the town of Kingston in upstate New York, not far from where a mosque was desecrated in 2010.

Newscaster 2: A racial slur was spray-painted on the wall of a mosque.

Narrator: And we've set up shop at the Home Plate Deli.

Meena: May I help you?

Narrator: Meena [SP], the man behind the counter . . .

Meena: I'm playing the Middle Eastern victim.

Narrator: . . . and Oliver, the racist provoking him . . .

Oliver: I am the bigot.

Narrator: . . . are both actors.

Oliver: I don't want a terrorist touching my food or taking my order.

It's a terrorist behind the counter.

Narrator: Not much reaction until this man speaks up.

Customer A: What are you giving him a hard time for?

Oliver: He's a Muslim.

Customer A: He didn't do nothin' to you, man.

Oliver: They want to blow up the whole country.

Customer B: Not everybody is like that. You know what I mean? We've got to be better than that. Understand what I'm trying to say?

Oliver: We are better than that. We're Americans.

Customer A: Then get your [inaudible] and leave. You're pissing me off. Act like a jack wad in here in front of all these people. You don't have to carry on like an [inaudible] wipe.

John Quinones: Obviously, he bothered you.

Customer A: Everybody's afraid to say something to him. I wasn't. Look, I would've been happy just to deck him, but . . .

Narrator: Back at the deli counter, Oliver isn't talking turkey, but 9/11.

Oliver: You a Muslim?

Meena: Yeah.

Oliver: I don't want an Arab Muslim taking my order. Can I talk to an American?

Meena: Let me take your order and . . .

Oliver: No, no, no, no. I don't want you to take my order. I didn't forget 9/11, buddy. Okay? They're Muslim. Terrorists.

Meena: Do you want to buy this or do you . . .

Oliver: I can't believe this.

Meena: . . . or do you want to leave?

Oliver: You can't believe this?

Customer C: I can't believe you. I feel like I'm in a dream right now. Is this really happening?

Oliver: Do you forget 9/11?

Customer C: I'm sure that that kid was not involved in 9/11.

Oliver: Relatives were. He represents his people.

Customer C: Are you going to make that judgment of everybody that you see that looks different than you?

Oliver: I know what an American looks like. I'm an American.

Customer C: You know what an American looks like, and they're all white? Is that what you're saying?

Oliver: No.

John Quinones: Say to her, look, I'm like your brother.

Oliver: We're family. I'm just like your brother.

Customer C: I would hope that my brother wouldn't act that way, dude. I hope that my brother never acts the way you're acting right now.

John Quinones: And you're clearly affected by it, hmm?

Customer C: I have a little brother. Feel like a lot of young kids might think that way. They might be, you know, nervous about everything that did happen and not know . . .

John Quinones: Mm-hmm.

Customer C: I don't think that it's right for people to act that way.

Narrator: Over the course of the day, more customers stand up for our Muslim deli worker.

Customer D: I think you're being inappropriate right now. If you're not happy, you need to leave.

Customer E: I'm not okay with the way you're talking to him. You're being, like, so racist.

Customer F: Everybody that's walking around like that is a terrorist?

Oliver: He looks like one.

Customer F: You're an idiot. I apologize for my friend here.

Narrator: And then we meet this man.

Oliver: Looks like a Muslim.

Customer G: Yeah.

Oliver: And I've just been coming here a long time. I just . . .

Customer G: I hear you.

Oliver: [inaudible] yeah, right, underneath they're Arab Muslim, you know. Forget that they're an American.

Customer G: Yeah, right.

Narrator: We wonder, does he really agree?

Oliver: I mean, this is how it starts, you know.

Customer G: Yeah.

Oliver: Start at working at one of these places, then . . .

Customer G: Yeah, send all the money home.

Oliver: Right. Well, I'm worried about, I don't know, like a bomb or something.

Customer G: Yeah, I don't trust any of them.

Oliver: Muslims say they hate our country, "Death to America."

Customer G: I know, I hear you.

Oliver: I mean . . .

Customer G: He's not the only one, man. You know what I mean?

Oliver: Yeah, there are a million of them. They all want to blow this place up.

Customer G: I hear you.

Narrator: Time for us to hear more from him.

Customer G: I agreed with him.

John Quinones: You agree with what he was saying.

Customer G: He was telling the truth. You know what I mean?

John Quinones: Some people watching this might say it's racist.

Customer G: Yeah, some people might. It's kind of hard to see the difference between Muslim, terrorists . . .

John Quinones: You're not saying they're all terrorists, are you?

Customer G: No, I'm just saying it's hard to decide who's who. I mean, they blend in with regular communities, get regular jobs, you know, learn what they need to learn, do what they need to do, and then they strike, and then [inaudible ] happens.

Narrator: Now the final test.

John Quinones: This is a soldier. He's in uniform.

Narrator: A member of the U.S. Army steps up to the counter.

Oliver: Hey, [inaudible] this guy's a Muslim.

Narrator: Is he laughing?

Oliver: Why's that funny?

Meena: [inaudible]

Customer H: Hold on. What happened?

Oliver: This guy's a Muslim.

Customer H: We live in America, and he can have any religion he wants.

Oliver: Aren't you fighting against these guys?

Customer H: Not at the moment. Right now I'm ordering a sandwich.

Oliver: I don't think he should be working here.

Customer H: Buy your chips and move out.

Narrator: He doesn't follow orders.

Oliver: Look, I'd like to order some food, just not from you. Okay?

Customer H: Get out. Put the chips down and go buy them somewhere else.

Oliver: You want me to leave this place?

Customer H: You have a choice to shop anywhere, just like he has a choice to practice his religion anywhere. That's the reason I wear the uniform, so anyone can live free in this country. Leave the man alone, buy your stuff, and leave.

Narrator: Time to tell this soldier this is one battle he no longer has to fight.

John Quinones: How are you, sir?

Customer H: How are you, sir?

John Quinones: I'm John Quinones, with ABC's "What Would You Do?"
the TV show.

Customer H: You got to be kidding me?

John Quinones: He was an actor. People might say that's very heroic, what you said. Is it?

Customer H: No, sir. No, heroes come in many shapes and sizes, that wasn't heroic at all. I was just being a person and standing up for someone else.

John Quinones: Well, what principles were you defending?

Customer H: Everyone's inalienable rights.

John Quinones: Everyone's?

Customer H: Everyone's in this country.

John Quinones: If you're Muslim?

Customer H: It doesn't matter to me, sir. If you're an American, you're an American, period.

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