This is the case for one woman who verbally attacked a Muslim couple on the E train in New York.
"Why are you here?" she aggressively asked them. "Why are you in this country. You're not with us."
When asked who "us" referred to, she pointed to all of the train's other passengers on the train.
A fellow passenger asked her to stop harassing the couple, but the older woman quickly retorted with, "You're not even from here!" She made this ignorant comment because the woman who asked her to stop had an accent.
That's when a fellow Latina stepped in: She asked the angry woman where she's originally and explained that she's half-Chinese and half-Peruvian.
The woman said that she's Puerto Rican and then said, "No me importa lo que tú creas" ("I don't care what you think").
That's when the Latina who stepped decided she'd had enough.
"Yo creo que estás siendo bien injusta," she said. "Aqui tenemos que todos unirnos juntos. No tenemos que estar contra una persona, eso es absolutamente ridiculo y falta de respecto," she explained to her."
Translation: "I think you're being extremely unfair. Here we must stand united together. We don't have to be against one person, that's just absolutely ridiculous and disrespectful."
That didn't stop the Puerto Rican lady from spewing more hateful comments at the couple, but the other woman continued to defend them.
The passenger told the harasser that she needed to back off. "No le comienza atacar a una señora que es inocente. Eso no es tu problema," she said.
Translation: "Don't start attacking a lady who is innocent. That's not your problem."
The woman still hadn't verbalized what her true problem with the couple was, but she continued to fight anyway.
The situation got real when both women switched back to English. The younger Latina's statement is powerful AF:
"I'm not telling you to be quiet, I'm asking you to please respect her. In Spanish, in English, in Chinese, in French — whatever language you want me to say it, I will say it to you; whether you're born here, from Puerto Rico...wherever you are from. I am born here and I don't like the way you're treating her. It's rude. We're here in it together, ok? We're all in this together. Whether we like what's going on in the government or not, fuck it, we gotta deal with it. You're a grown woman — suck it up and defend your brothers and sisters."
Alas, the older woman finally admitted that she caused such an uproar because she was upset that the woman was with a man who appeared to be Indian or Muslim.
"Why does it bother you, tell me? Is it because he looks Indian/Muslim?" the younger Latina asked, to which the woman said "YES!"
Ding. ding. ding — and there you have it, folks.
Thankfully the woman stood up to her and showed everyone the power they possess to put people in check when they're hurling hateful, racist remarks.
While people are entitled to their opinions, harassment should never be tolerated nor celebrated.