Oly. Master Lee says she was sprayed with pepper in a racist attack

By Theresa Waldrop | CNN

American gymnast Suni Lee, an Olympic gold medalist and the first Hmong American to compete at the Olympics, said she was sprayed with pepper in a racist incident while in Los Angeles for her performance in “Dancing with the Stars” .

Lee was waiting for a ride after a night on the town with a group of girlfriends who were all of Asian descent, she told PopSugar in an interview.

She said a car drove by and the people in it started shouting racist slander like “ching chong” and told the girls to “go back to where they came from,” according to the article.

Then one of the passengers sprayed her arm with pepper spray before the car took off, Lee said.

Lee confirmed to CNN that the incident happened in October.

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

“I did not do anything about them and with the reputation it is so difficult because I did not want to do anything that could get me in trouble. I just let it happen. “

Attacks on Asian Americans have been launched during the pandemic. A coalition tracking racism and discrimination against Asian Americans said at least 4,533 incidents had been reported in the first six months of this year.

More than 9,000 incidents were reported to the coalition, Stop AAPI Hate, from March 19, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

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