Gymnast Suni Lee Was Pepper Sprayed In A Racist Attack Just Weeks After The Olympics

“I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do.”

Suni Lee is recounting a scary experience that went down just weeks after she won gold the Olympics.

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The 18-year-old gymnast says she was getting ready for a night out with friends with they became the target of an anti-Asian attack.

Suni explained that she and a group of girlfriends, who were all of Asian descent, were simply waiting for their Uber when they were approached.

Suddenly, a car sped by with rowdy passengers who were shouting racist slurs like “ching chong” and insisting they “go back to where they came from.”

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At one point, Suni says she her arm was hit with a blast of pepper spray from one of the passengers.

“I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do or control because they skirted off,” Suni told PopSugar.

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She continued, “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.”

Unfortunately, Suni is one of many Asian-Americans who have reported experiencing racist attacks over the past year.

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According to FBI data that was released in October, anti-Asian hate crimes rose more than 73 percent in 2020 alone.

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You can learn what you can do to to help the Asian community here.

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