The Sydney Train Story
My main mode of transportation going to and from work is via the train. I usually spend on an average 1-2 hours every weekday on the train – and most often than not, this 1-2 hours is spent on facebook, instagram, entertainment news and various blog sites. The train ride experience itself is usually quiet – nothing interesting except for the incident yesterday…
When the train stopped at Macquarie Park, a tall,buff and dark (somewhat black american) guy stood beside (to my right). He was then followed by a lanky Asian somewhat Chinese or Korean) guy. From the way they are dressed, I presume they are both in Uni (which makes sense, because Macquarie University is on the same area). The Asian Guy (AG) stood next to the train door (which is to my left) and was looking intently to the Black American Guy (BG). After the train door closed, I resumed my gaze back to my phone and do my usual internet surfing activity until AG started speaking to BG
AG: “Emmanuel?” (referring to BG)
BG: (put out his hand to shook the hand of AG) “Do I know you?”
AG: “Yes, you do – you F*CK*NG FAG*OT!”
BG: (looking stunned and could not react) “Excuse me, what did you just say? I’m sorry but I don’t know you”
AG: “Yes you do, you do know me, you used to bully me in High School, you and you’re f*cki*g brother, you used to bully me at school”
*at this point I don’t really know what to do as I was literally caught in the middle of these two random people*
AG kept shouting at BG, and BG was speechless…
AG: ” You’re such a d*ckhe*d. see what happened to you? What’s your score again in the HSC exam – you didn’t even qualify for Uni”
BG: “Man, am really sorry – I really don’t know you”
AG: “Anyways, I think I will still see you around, you f*ckin*g fag*ot!” And AG walked away towards another carriage
At this stage the people around us (including me) was a bit shocked of what just happened. BG was so speechless and he doesn’t know what to do.
On the next station, I spoke to BG and said, “That was a bit random…I thought you guys were playing a prank on me”. BG just laughed.
For whatever reasons, I feel the Asian Guy’s vindication and I salute him for standing up and avenging himself to the person that bullied him. It may not be the perfect timing nor the right venue to burst out his anger but still, I salute him for his courage to do what he needs to do.
“I want to talk to the bullied kids of the world. Tell them to hang on, it will get better. Know that an ‘Iron Chef,’ actors, musicians, artists and all successful people have probably been bullied in their life. And the best part of your life is yet to come. Whatever it takes to live, do it!” – Cat Cora