“It’s not like I’ve never been called ‘chink’ before”


tay
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Stephanie Kim says she’s experienced racism before, but she was caught off guard by a series of racial slurs she experienced while standing in line at a bank on Friday.

Kim, 27, was waiting to speak with a teller at a TD branch, located at Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave., when she says she heard a man standing behind her making “weird noises” in her direction.

“I looked straight at him and he said ‘hey chinky, chinky can you grant me a wish, chink?’” said Kim. “I ignored it at first, kind of brushed it off, didn’t really know what to do and then he kept hounding me essentially, being like ‘can you grant me a wish chink?’”

Kim, who is ethnically Korean, said she told the man to stop, but he responded by saying “we can do anything to you guys” and “we own you.”

The man was white, in his late 20s or early 30s, she said, and his clothing “looked tattered.” He wore a bandana, a baggy shirt and jeans, which hung low, and held a hat in his hand.

She said there were fewer than a dozen people in the branch who might’ve heard the slurs, including four people waiting in line.

“Nobody really did anything, nobody acknowledged it. I was staring at people, they were staring at me,” she said. “They just kind of looked at me with pity.”

Once Kim was at the front of the line she explained what happened to the teller, who didn’t seem to understand the slur, she said. When she finished banking, she approached another staff member to ask about the branch’s security, and pointed out the man who had called her a “chink.”

Kim said the staff member apologized and explained the man was known to the bank, but there was nothing they could do because he was a client.

“I’m like, ‘I understand that but I’m also a client,’” she said. “I literally at that point felt like a second-class citizen.”

Toronto woman says fellow bank customer made anti-Asian slurs | Metro Toronto (external - login to view)


The racial slurs from the man randomly targeting Stephanie Kim were nasty, but she said the onlookers’ silence — including from the bank staff at TD — hurt even more.

It shouldn’t be that way, according to Tracy Porteous, executive director of Ending Violence BC (external - login to view), which runs the anti-harassment workplace-training program Be More Than a Bystander. It focuses on sexual abuse and harassment, but the same rules apply, Porteous said.

Porteous said TD, and other corporations, should “show leadership” and invest in training employees to be active, not passive, bystanders.

“We are not born confident. We don’t know what to do. We freeze. We don’t want to become the target,” she said. “At workplaces you have a captive audience. You can decide: I’m going to contribute to social change by providing my employees with life skills.”

Kim said she has received two follow-up calls from TD, including one from a Vice-President who said the human resources department would be taking action, but didn’t offer specifics. The VP also assured her the alleged harasser is no longer banking with the company.

TD declined to confirm this, citing privacy.

Though it was upsetting, Kim said she’s happy her experience created a conversation about public racism.

“It’s not like I’ve never been called ‘chink’ before,” she said. “I really just want the bank to know, and bystanders to know, that silence is not the answer.”

Advocates say TD Bank can prevent future racist incidents | Metro Toronto (external - login to view)


 
Blackleaf
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Karl Pilkington



"Chinese people age overnight... like a pear."
 
Angstrom
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Would have been nice to have a real man around to step in for her. But our feminist society turned them all into snowflake pussies. Be careful what you wish for, feminists.
 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by AngstromView Post

Would have been nice to have a real man around to step in for her. But our feminist society turned them all into snowflake pussies. Be careful what you wish for, feminists.

Obsess much Archie? Maybe broaden you perspective so you can involve yourself in conversations different from this one dumbazz.
 
Angstrom
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stop being a feminist snowflake ludlow
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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The guy sounded nuts. Deranged nutbars can be unpredictable and I doubt I would have intervened either unless he was threatening physical harm.
 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by AngstromView Post

stop being a feminist snowflake ludlow

Sir in my pre geezer days I'd snap your back and have a sammich as I was a doin it sap. .
 
Angstrom
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Quote: Originally Posted by LudlowView Post

Sir in my pre geezer days I'd snap your back and have a sammich as I was a doin it sap. .

Finally got the backbone out of you're feminist a$$
 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by AngstromView Post

Finally got the backbone out of you're feminist a$$

Speakin of backbone how bout ease off on the whining and sniveling for a spell and try to be a man sap
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

The guy sounded nuts. Deranged nutbars can be unpredictable and I doubt I would have intervened either unless he was threatening physical harm.

Had she simply asked him what his wish was she would have taken away his power.

She let him win by doing nothing.

Why f-ck doesn't anyone stand up for themselves anymore?

Quote:

“Nobody really did anything, nobody acknowledged it. I was staring at people, they were staring at me,” she said. “They just kind of looked at me with pity.”

Pity for being a wimp?
Last edited by petros; Dec 4th, 2016 at 09:38 AM..
 
Ludlow
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Brits are retarded
 
Remington1
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If I would have been in the same line-up, nothing could have stopped me from calling out this as#h#le (well maybe if the creep had a weapon), but to me, it was wrong for the branch manager to not step in, by staying out of it, they are essentially saying they are either not in control of their branch, or they favour one client over another one!!
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Remington1View Post

If I would have been in the same line-up, nothing could have stopped me from calling out this as#h#le (well maybe if the creep had a weapon), but to me, it was wrong for the branch manager to not step in, by staying out of it, they are essentially saying they are either not in control of their branch, or they favour one client over another one!!

What if the manager was Asian as well? Would he get two wishes?
 
Blackleaf
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Karl Pilkington

"They (the Chinese) are hard to read"

"Why is chicken orange in China town?"

"It's like aliens." (Chinese writing)

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