Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee claims that she was recently pepper-sprayed in an anti-Asian attack, and according to her, she was so mad at the incident.
In an exclusive interview with Pop Sugar released this week, Suni Lee detailed how racist slurs were hurled at her and her friends while waiting for an Uber outside.
Suni disclosed that she and her Asian friends were waiting for an Uber ride after a night out “when a car sped by and yelled phrases like “ching chong” and “go back to where they came from” at them.
Lee — the first Hmong American Olympic gold medalist — says one person even sprayed her arm with pepper spray before speeding off.
The “Dancing with the Stars” contestant opened up on the incident — which happened a week before the interview — saying, “I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do or control because they skirted off,” she told the outlet.
The number of hate crimes directed at Asians in America has risen in recent years … with a study at California State University, San Bernardino reporting a 150% increase in 2020.
According to Suni Lee, she didn’t want to do anything to them because of her reputation, and also, she didn’t want to get into trouble with anyone even though the racist comments hurt her.
I didn’t do anything to them and having the reputation, it’s so hard because I didn’t want to do anything that could get me into trouble. I just let it happen.
Despite efforts by world leaders to end racism, it gets worse each day.
I have told people many times that the United States of America isn’t united at all. This is someone who won a gold medal representing the country and is still treated like trash when she comes back to the country she was born in.
I am not surprised by this at all, and neither should you.
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