Morning Cup of Racism
Telling this story on behalf of my friend and coworker.
She was riding the bus into work downtown one morning. A woman sat down beside her and started heavily leaning into my friend, encroaching on her space to the point where my friend said her arm started hurting.
Eventually, my friend asked the woman to please move. The woman refused, telling my friend to move if she had a problem. My friend responded with, “I was here first, and you’re pushing into me and hurting my arm.”
Then the woman got all racist and said, “no you weren’t here first. Go back to where you came from.” (my friend is Asian)
Eventually, the woman got off the bus and some people around my friend offered a little support, saying the woman was a racist jerk. Unfortunate though that they did nothing in the moment while my friend was being harassed…