I am angry and sad and confused. In that order.
I had a lovely evening at the Lantern Festival and highly recommend it. It is as it has always been, nothing has really changed. Maybe a few more branded lanterns? I stuffed myself with dumplings. I’d been anticipating them.
I don’t really have more to say on the topic because my head is now filled what I witnessed as I was leaving. My friend and I were walking down from Albert Park when this yelling started in front of us. It quickly became clear that we were witnessing a verbal hate crime. A stupid drunk girl was yelling the most horrid torrent of racist hate at a Chinese lady walking down the street. Apparently, I gathered, because her dog was yapping.
“Shut your f*cking dog up you f*cking Asian. Go back to your f*cking home. Why don’t you just f*cking eat it?”
It went on until she was dragged around a corner by a less hate-filled drunk friend.
We were stunned. Do people really think things like that still? We, as well as others, who had witnessed it went over to the lady and apologised and she seemed far more composed than I would have been in that situation. She said it was fine. We said it really wasn’t. And her dog was lovely.
How are there still people who think that crap? And with such venom? And how do you stop it? Did she not get how extra-ridiculous it was to be being that racist on her way from the LANTERN FESTIVAL?!
I decided against confronting stupid-racist-drunk girl when I passed her later. I was on my own by then and didn’t feel like being beaten up by her rather large group of (also very drunk) friends. I also decided that it probably would actually do no good. Maybe if she was sober and not put into a defensive position in front of her friends. Maybe I should have tried anyway.
Thoughts? Have you encountered this sort of hate-filled racism (or bigotry in general) and what did you do about it/ would have like to have done about it?
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