A video has gone viral on social media showing an older white man harassing an Asian man on a train in northern California, threatening him, slapping him, and calling him a “Chinese nigger.”
In the footage, the man is seen verbally harassing his fellow passenger with a steady stream of threats and insults. “I’ll punch you down into your seat. I’ll punch you down,” he says before slapping the Asian man on the shoulder.
The passenger shows admirable restraint as the man continues to lash out at him with odd racial slurs. “Yeah, you Chinese nigger. Oh, you think I’m afraid of you?”
“I never said that sir,” the passenger replies calmly. Though he finally loses his cool after the man says “I hate you fucking Chinese fucks” and hits him again, this time in the face.
“You put your hands on me one more time, motherfucker,” the passenger says getting out of his seat to confront the man. Fortunately, a woman steps in front of him and convinces him that it’s not worth it.
The confrontation eventually ends with the man leaving the train.
The whole thing was filmed and uploaded online by another passenger who admitted that he wasn’t brave enough to stop the situation. In the video, other passengers can be seen moving away from the scene. While some try to stop the fight from escalating, only one woman really comes to the Asian man’s defense, something that some social media users have been critical of.
“After looking at all the comments, I feel like I should have done more in defending him, but I was scared myself since I’m asian as well. I guess I’m a coward after all,” the man who filmed the video wrote on Reddit.
Other Redditors were quick to assure him that he hadn’t done anything wrong.
“Don’t beat yourself up, nobody knows how they’re going to react in those moments until it happens. Who knows if this psycho had a knife or a gun on him? Fortunately, it looks like nobody was seriously hurt and you’ve got this asshole on film committing assault (hate crime considering the language?) so at least there’s that,” wrote one.
Soon, another Redditor claiming to be the man who was harrassed posted on the thread:
Ok so I’m half hoping noone sees this. That’s me he is “harassing”. This started because the old man was yelling the Nword repeatedly and noone was doing or saying a damn thing about it. I told him to stop talking repeatedly and that’s what’s caused him to start yelling at me. I am both proud and embarrassed that I didn’t hit him.
OP you were sitting with another Asian dude behind me, there was another Asian couple standing who didn’t say anything and after he got off Bart at Union City I asked for Hand sanitizer
Edit: I am extremely grateful to the woman for stopping me I was 5seconds from doing something stupid.
Edit 2: Anyone know Ellen? And just for clarification my username stands for In Jim Harbaugh We Trust.
Edit 3: Yay gold!!! Thanks to all of you for the kindness. I’m terrible at taking positivity and kind words so I will say thanks to you all. Honestly, I just had enough and didn’t want to hear his voice. In hindsight it was probably dumb as he could have had a weapon but I did what I thought was right. I guess I will say stand up for those around you but be smart and safe about it.
Edit: 4x gold!!! The joke I wish I had made: Sir! Sir! Did you have your Snickers today?
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Police received three calls about the incident, including one from the man who uploaded the video, but by the time that they arrived, the harasser was gone. A spokesperson told NextShark that passengers had handled the difficult situation well by contacting police and not allowing the incident to escalate.
On social media, many have argued that this incident was less an issue of American racism than of mental health as the man appears to have mental problems, drug problems, or both. Earlier this year, a seemingly mentally ill woman in New York City went after a Chinese couple for having the gall to sit at a table in McDonald’s, calling them “foreign dogs.”