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An Unsafe Commute

During an otherwise innocent morning commute, I was walking from my house to the nearest metro stop. As I made my way onto a sidewalk near the station, a tall white guy approached me, a small Asian guy dressed in full suit and tie for work. No matter which way I wanted to go, he deliberately block my path forward. He then stared me down and repeatedly asked me where I was from.

Shocked, my mind paralyzed for a few seconds as my eyes could only be fixated on his threatening eye gaze. I then said "Please...I am just going to the metro stop," hoping he would just let me go. Not only did he not go, he further threatened that he would punch my nose and put me in a coma if I walked into him, and that he had done exactly that to someone a day before. I then immediately ran to the metro station and reported the incident to station guards.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Advancing Justice - Chicago.