"GO BACK TO CHINA, Go back to CHINA." I never thought I'd hear those words in real life but this just happened as I was trying to get some food at a Chinese speciality store. After three minutes of constant, racist verbal abuse and after trying to intervene, I started to film this video. Racism and xenophobia isn't far from us nor has it gone away. As Canadians we think we are safe from these disgusting attitudes and behaviours but we aren't. It has only gotten worse recently. It seems like some people want to reinstate the Chinese Exclusion Act . It makes me nothing but seething mad that this lady had the audacity to spew such toxic words while exploiting POC cultures. Absolutely Horrendous. And shout out to the lady who tried to help despite the terrible situation. I have never seen someone with so much kindness and compassion, it is truly breathtaking. Love in the face of hate, she is really a role model for all of us. Let's raise awareness and make sure this never happens again in Canada. We, as Canadians and as the World, need to stand up to this bigotry, xenophobia and racism. Myself, as a student leader in Toronto, will do everything I can to stop this kind of racism. We all need to do something about this so that people won't have to witness such situations ever again. EXPOSE RACISM! Note: It is quite evident that this lady knows absolutely nothing about Canadian Law and should shut up because she is saying things that are absolutely false. Nothing screams discrimination louder when you have to make up a fake law to justify your racist comments... Youtube Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ap13jZtqQ Toronto, OntarioPosted by Frank Hong on Friday, June 2, 2017
“I never thought I’d hear those words in real life but this just happened as I was trying to get some food at a Chinese specialty store,” Hong wrote on the social media site. “As Canadians we think we are safe from these disgusting attitudes and behaviours but we aren’t.”
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The video shows the unnamed woman yelling, “Go back to China. This is Canada, English first country.”
“If you’re gonna work here, it is the law to know English,” she goes on to claim.
That’s not true, according to the Official Languages Act.
The Foody Mart incident went on for several minutes, Hong explained. Eventually, a woman in line offered to translate menu items in an effort to de-escalate the situation.
Hong says he shared the video to “expose racism.”
“We all need to do something about this so that people won’t have to witness such situations ever again.”
David Hopkinson, a spokesman with Toronto police, said they’ve been informed of the incident, but are not investigating as no formal complaint has been made.
Police reported in March that there was a rise in hate crime reports in 2016. The most frequent offences were property mischief against Jews, assault of LGBT community members, and criminal harassment against Muslims.
Global News reached out to Hong for comment, but has not yet heard back.
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