Asian-American Olympic champion was pepper sprayed in the US

Suni Lee, an Asian-born Olympic champion in gymnastics, revealed that she was once pepper sprayed by a racist in Los Angeles.

In the interview with PopSugar On November 10, 18-year-old Suni Lee shared that she was attacked in late October while waiting for a car after a night out with a group of Asian-American girlfriends in Los Angeles, California, USA.

At this time, a car passed by, the people inside the car began to mock Suni Lee and her group of friends like “small eyes” and “let’s go back to where you came from”. One even sprayed pepper spray on Lee before the car sped away.

Asian-American athlete Suni Lee won a gold medal in gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics in July. Photo: AFP.

Asian-American athlete Suni Lee won a gold medal in gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics in July. Photo: AFP.

“I was very angry, but didn’t do anything because they ran away too fast. I also didn’t want to do anything to them because it could get me in trouble. It’s over, let it be,” the Olympic champion said. To share.

Racist attacks against Asian Americans spiked during the Covid-19 pandemic. Non-profit organization Stop AAPI Hate said at least 9,000 attacks on the Asian community were reported between March 2020 and June 2021.

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University released data showing that crimes against Asians in the US have increased by 150 percent in the past year.

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