today i did something I don't usually do , but then again, im not sure I've ever been put in a situation where I had to do it.
But today on the tram, there were two teenagers. Two teenage girls being very rude and making lots of Chinese people jokes, mimicking them, talking about ping pong you know it. They were in hysterics.
And opposite them to them was two people of asian decent.
they talked and joked this way all the from Brunswick to the city. about 20 minutes of it
I was sitting behind them, I felt sick and upset and horrified by what was going on. Upset by their insensitivity and how offensive they were being and horrified and upset for the two Asian people sitting across the aisle from them. Horrified and upset no one else looked upset by this. I wasn't sure if the Asian people knew what was going on, they had the appearance of Tourists and were speaking their native language for some of the trip, but it looked like they did.
the more the girls went on, the sicker I felt, the angrier and the more upset until. I just couldn't take it anymore.
I turned around and said
" Excuse me, but the way you are being is offensive. If you want to make these jokes and say these thing in the privacy of your own home that is your right. But in a public place filled with people of different nationalities it is inappropriate and rude. You should be ashamed of yourselves"
And then I felt sick. I don't like confrontation, i avoid it. And when there are things on the tram i don't like, Mothers being mean to their children, people being horrid to each other, i stay out of it, it's none of my business. But this felt different. It wasn't just about them, an enclosed group, it was about a bigger issue, and i didn't want the two Asian tourists to think that everyone thought it was ok. Because it wasn't.
It's NOT ok to put down, make fun of anyone of a different race, sexuality or religion. It's not ok to make fun of people because of their sex, age, whether or not they have a disability or are a bit different.
And I'm glad I did it, even though I feel sick thinking about it, and wanting to cry after I did it.
Because at least those ladies knew that not everyone was willing to stand by and watch this stuff, and do nothing.
I think at times I live such a sheltered life, my friends and family, and work colleagues all have the same values as I do. So it's easy to forget. Not everyone feels the way you do. And bam you get a big shock when you do.
I'm glad I did what I did, though wish I hadn't been put in the situation where i had to do it.
do you think I did the right thing? or I should have minded my own business.