Video of a 23-year-old Latina woman defending a Muslim couple from a verbally abusive passenger on a crowded New York City subway train has gone viral on social media, with users online applauding the young woman for her “courageous and brilliant voice.”
In the video, a middle-aged woman who later identified herself as Puerto-Rican could be seen berating a Muslim couple, asking them questions such as “Why are you here?” and “Why are you in this country if you’re not with us?”
Apparently sick of the woman’s tirade, another passenger, speaking with an audible accent, asked her to stop.
“No, you don’t understand!” said the woman, swiftly turning on the passenger who dared to confront her and pointing a finger in her face. “You’re not even from here. I am. I was born here in America.”
It was at this point that the hero of the story intervened — a young woman who Univision Noticias has identified as Tracey Tong, 23, of Queens. After engaging the aggressive older woman by asking her what her own nationality was, Tong explained that she herself was born in America of mixed Chinese and Peruvian descent. After the older woman said she was from Puerto Rico, the two women participated in a long exchange speaking a combination of English and Spanish. Seemingly cowed by the younger woman’s audacity, the older woman told Tong she should mind her own business.
“I am not asking you to be quiet. I am asking you to please respect her,” Tong shot back. “In Spanish, in English, in Chinese, in French. Whatever language you want me to tell you. I will tell you whether you are from here, Puerto Rico or wherever you are from. I am born here and I don’t like the way you are treating her.”
Shocked, the older woman and the rest of the subway fell into silence as Tong continued to chastise her.
“We are all in this together. Whether you like what’s going on in the government or not, f**k it, you got to deal with it. You are a grown woman,” said Tong.
Watch the video below.
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