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Racism has been a hot topic this past couple of weeks. We’ve seen it all, be it from the Bundy Ranch, Sterling and his ball games, or more recently Cinco de Mayo.
What about what we don’t see? We all know that the mass media plays down, and even celebrates racism when it is coming from a certain direction. Allow me to share a story with you, a story about everyday racism. The kind of abuse and harassment that will never make the news. The kind of abuse that some of us encounter everyday on the New York City subway system.
As I rode the subway with my son this Saturday, a homeless black man comes into the train. He proceeds to take of his jacket, and after that begins walking up and down the train car. A white woman stands up to exit the train, she says, “Excuse me sir,” then she gently makes her way pass the man. This guy goes insane, “F*ck you, F*ck you, you white devil b*tch. F*ck you. I know you think you are better than me. We were Gods in Egypt. F*ck you!”
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And that was only the beginning.
The man then begins to walk around, harassing everyone who was on the car. “You think you are pretty, right? You slut. You are a wh*re, and you aren’t pretty. F*ck you, you are not better than me because you are Asian! I’m a black God you slant eyed wonton eating b*tch.”
He continued going around, terrorizing everyone on the train. He was very aggressive, and extremely menacing. My son looked at me, and I can tell he was scared. I was already pissed off because we had to tolerate this psycho, but now he’s scaring my son. I’m really starting to get pissed. If this fool comes over to us, he’s going to have a problem. He passes by us. I think he can sense the anger and danger in my eyes. He has already insulted several innocent women, and I’m extremely furious about this. He looks at us, then he keeps on moving and says nothing to us.
At the next stop, my son asks me to switch cars, so we moved. However, I felt angry that I have to get up and leave my place because of this racist psychopath on the train. I know I did the right thing, especially with my son there. I was extremely irritated and angered by it.
This isn’t the first time I have encountered a black racist on the train, one time an elderly black woman got up from her seat and moved away from me. She said, “I don’t want to be sitting beside some evil, white devil.” There have been many others as well, but I think you get the point here. I acknowledge that there are white racists out there. However, there are also Black racists, Spanish racists, Asian racists, and on and on it goes.
So have you ever encountered this type of behavior?
And for the record, I’M FROM PUERTO RICO!