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Chink That word will forever be emblazoned in my mind The pain a racial slur evokes can never be forgotten The hate someone can have for me just because of the color of my skin is scary How can they hate me without even knowing me Prejudice is especially frightening and real when it is shouted at you I believe everything happens for a reason but Ive never been able to understand the purpose behind being called so many racial slurs I finally understood after going to the New York State Fair with six Korean friends As we walked the midway joking and chatting we heard Look at all those yellow chinks We were annoyed but moved on Wed all heard similar things before and even though it hurt we knew we couldnt do anything We continued playing games and went on a ride or two but we saw the stares of people who didnt understand We even heard a sigh of disgust after I accidentally bumped into a man I saw him wipe off the spot I had touched as if being Asian was a contagious disease As the afternoon wore on we heard more shouts of Yellow freaks and versions of various Asian languages It was like we were stuck in the middle of a racist movie that kept getting worse and we couldnt get out With each comment we became more hurt and from that hurt came anger We started to shout back Ignorant jerk and Ching chong bite my a were just a couple of the comments we threw back into the sea of people The retaliation only provided temporary relief from the pain as the next name always brought back the all-too-familiar stinging feeling in an already open wound By the end of the day we were emotionally exhausted We were amazed to discover that we had spent a good portion of our day reacting
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