Police in Arizona have arrested one woman who was provoked to punch a couple of Chinese students after overhearing them speaking Mandarin inside a light rail train.
Xiaolin Shi, an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, and her male companion were having a conversation in Mandarin Chinese while taking the train back to their college in Tempe on the night of May 20th — their choice of language was apparently enough to anger another passenger.
“I don’t speak Chinese, shut the fuck up!” 22-year-old Kalie Rutledge shouted at the couple, also telling Shi: “Bitch, go fucking back to China!”
The Chinese couple tried to leave the train at the next stop, but Rutledge came at them and punched Shi right in the face.
“I lost consciousness for a few seconds, and then I found myself on the ground with blood all over my face,” Shi told China Daily. Rutledge also punched her male companion in the face before taking off.
“It was 100 percent racial hatred, no other reason,” Shi explained. “I don’t know her (Rutledge). I’ve never met her before.”
The punch fractured Shi’s eye socket and she was taken to the hospital where the doctor informed her that the broken bone may require surgery.
Rutledge was arrested that same night. She faces charges of assault, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct, ABC News reports.
While this incident may just seem like a random example of insane racism, Tempe is the very same city where a 19-year-old Chinese exchange student was gunned down inside her car following a minor fender-bender in January. The 32-year-old perpetrator Holly Davis crashed into the back of the Chinese student’s car and then proceeded to fire multiple shots through the driver’s window before fleeing. Davis has a history of addiction and mental illness. Her trial date has not yet been set.
In the wake of that tragic murder, fellow Chinese exchange students began discussing the possibility of acquiring guns in order to protect themselves. It looks like some boxing lessons may be in order as well.