Even metropolitan cities like New York are not immune to racially-motivated incidences of harassment happening all across the country.
Seulji Lee and a friend were riding the subway to Coney Island on July 7 around 3:40 PM when a white male passenger verbally assaulted her for no reason other than the fact that her non-whiteness really irked him.
The confrontation ended with him spitting on her.
Another racist asshole that needs to be found & shamed. https://t.co/nXGExF5lwQ— John M. Blasco (he/him) (@John M. Blasco (he/him))1532278194.0
Lee shared her disturbing story and posted a video of the racist man shoving her after debarking the train. People disgusted by the video were unsure of the events prompting him to act out physically since the posted video footage picked up toward the end of the altercation.
But here's what we know so far based on her account of the incident as posted on Facebook.
I'm sharing this video, pic and the story since I hope this kind of racism or hate crime are never going to happen to anyone again.
A guy was sitting right next to me on the N train. He said "Fake", "Get the fuck out of my country". But I couldn't make sure he did it to me since I was talking to a friend of mine.
Lee and her friend got up and tried moving to another train, but when they saw the man exit the car, they sat back down. However, the man was clearly stalking her as he reentered the train through the next car.
Another racist scumbag.... https://t.co/tr3n1hZ6iQ— The Machine (@The Machine)1532276995.0
By the time the train reached the next station, the man had returned to the car where he first saw Lee and her friend. But the harassment turned physical once the train reached Coney Island.
At the Coney island station, After we got off the train, he spat on my head behind my back.
- I tried to catch him. He shook my hand off, then shoved me toward the train and ran away.
@sahluwal First it was weekly.. now it seems to be every single day and these are just the ones that get recorded!!!— Serenity Foods (@Serenity Foods)1532307740.0
@SerenityFoods @sahluwal Imagine how many daily incidents occur that never make it to social media. There's an epidemic of hate.— Barbara Monaco (@Barbara Monaco)1532358997.0
The photograph accompanying her post was taken by another passenger who thought the man looked suspicious.
After that, a woman who was there has sent the picture of him to me. According to her saying, he was acting strange to her and her mother as well. That's the reason why she has taken a picture just in case.
It's a good thing Lee had someone looking out for her. Now the internet knows what he looks like.
New York do your thing...Shame... Shame.. Shame.. You can run but you can't hide from the internet 🏃 https://t.co/QLjyeg65qL— G. Matthew Hammond (@G. Matthew Hammond)1532266674.0
Internet, do your thing. Let’s catch this loser! “Korean Woman Spat On and Attacked with Hate Speech on Brooklyn S… https://t.co/3QwRMVjwlt— GilTPolitics (@GilTPolitics)1532276748.0
Oh, somebody wants to be famous, huh? Somebody wants to be known all over Coney Island and beyond? Apparently, he w… https://t.co/c4uPQHfWV0— Mama's Always on Stage (@Mama's Always on Stage)1532216495.0
When it comes to racial abuse, the diverse city of New York is a "zero tolerance" zone. This person can run up the stairs like a coward, but New Yorkers and––the internet––have their eyes out for him.
In case you wanted a better look at the man in question, here's a cropped photo, courtesy of the internet that is hellbent on bringing him to justice.
Update: Here’s a better picture of this racist. https://t.co/Svbb0hEuAB— Simar (@Simar)1532307502.0
@sahluwal @dks6446 Looks like he's checking to see if he made it on twitter yet. Hope he's found— Wanda (grandmabad).all blue 🌊🌊🌊♿☕❤️ (@Wanda (grandmabad).all blue 🌊🌊🌊♿☕❤️)1532358806.0
The incident serves as a reminder that racial discrimination is not just limited to "black and white" issues, as heated as those are. If anything else, it's also encouraged people, no matter their race, color, or creed, to stand up to bigotry.
@mypascoe @sahluwal Many of us ARE awake. BUT, to make what you are asking happen, this hatred must be exposed by a… https://t.co/GabcnozN2C— The Kwanzaa Project (@The Kwanzaa Project)1532347145.0
@mypascoe @sahluwal I couldn’t agree more! I’m a white woman and every chance I get I am a voice for ALL people!!!… https://t.co/hUS4IHnqBx— Gemini Creative (@Gemini Creative)1532353736.0