CNN reporter Amara Walker called out three people Friday including a police officer for three anti-Asian racist encounters.
Walker says the incidents happened all within the same hour at New Orleans International Airport.
“I’m shaking right now,” Walker said during an interview on CNN discussing what happened.
Walker says she can normally brush off such bigotry, but said when it happened three times in succession, she knew she had to speak up. She took to Twitter to share details.
“I hate that I have to say this. But I belong. We Asian Americans belong. I was born & raised in the U.S. I am as American as apple pie & I am as American as Korean barbecue. I am American. Please don’t question me about that fact. Ever.”
She said an “older man who was walking past me stopped, lowered his mask then said to me “Ni Hao. Ching Chong.” Ni hao means hello in Chinese. “Ching Chong” is a racial slur that has been used to mock us, Asian Americans for many decades. It brought me back to the days at my elementary school playground.”
Unfortunately it didn’t end there. She would later see the same man again in the TSA security line, explained to him why she considered what he said racist, but he denied knowing what she was talking about.
A little while later, as she sat with her producer waiting for her plane to board, a young man approached and asked her if she spoke English.
The racist would walk closer to her, almost nose to nose without a mask.
“Then he started to speak incoherently in what sounded like a fabricated Asian language,” Walker wrote. She also blurted out obscenities including racial slurs. She asked him to leave, as did her producer. Several passengers sitting nearby also demanded he leave while her producer went to get security.
Unfortunately having security there didn’t help.
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