With rising bomb threats and vandalism on Jewish centers across the U.S. rising and attacks against Muslims becoming all too frequent since Donald Trump was voted into office by conservatives who are enabling xenophobia and anti-semitic behavior, a video of a Chinese-Peruvian woman defending a Muslim couple on a subway in New York City proves that not all heroes wear capes.
Tracey Tong took issue with an older woman who later claimed to be of Puerto Rican descent over her verbal attack on a Muslim man. “Why are you here?” she asks the man. “Why are you in this country if you’re not with us?”
The abuser, like so many others we see in the news, is part of the problem as she identifies those of another faith as ‘them’ or ‘not belong here.’
Another commuter on the subway, speaking in an English accent, asks the woman to stop bothering the couple. That’s when the woman began attacking her. “You don’t understand, you’re not even from here,” she yells. “I am. I was born here in America.”
Ms. Tong wasn’t having any of it. She jumped in to stand up for the Muslim riders. She switched from English to Spanish in an effort to communicate with the angry woman.
She reminded the woman of our roots:
Explaining that she was born in the US but her mother was not, Tracey reminds her fellow Latina that most of us in this country can trace our roots elsewhere. ‘We need to stick together!’ she urges the older Puerto Rican woman, in a plea for solidarity.”
Tong wasn’t about to back down as the woman became verbally combative. “I’m asking you to please respect her,” Tong told the woman. “In Spanish, in English, in Chinese, in French – whatever language you want me to say it, I will say it.”
“Whether we like what’s going on in the government or not, fuck it, you gotta deal with it. You’re a grown woman,” Tong continues.
She asks if the woman is harassing the man because he ‘looks’ Muslim. The angry woman said yes.
Another rider can be heard saying, “Oh my God.”
The video has been shared on Facebook over 1,900,000 times and it’s still being viewed.
Image via screen capture.