One official in West Chester Township, Ohio, took a unique step in combating anti-Asian sentiment, stripping off his shirt during a town hall meeting to show scars from war.
The official made his daring gambit as anti-Asian violence continues to rise in the United States, including a mass shooting in Atlanta that took eight lives, six of whom were Asian women.
Investigators are still looking into whether the suspect in that case will be charged with a hate crime.
Lee Wong, 69, a Board of Trustees member of the town, was in a meeting on Tuesday night when he decided to display the effects fighting for the U.S. Army had on his body.
‘I have put up with a lot of (expletive) in silence, excuse me the language, too afraid to speak out, fearing more abuse and discrimination,’ Wong said.
‘I’m getting a little hot on this issue here. People question my patriotism, that I don’t look American enough, They can’t get over this face. I want to show you something, I don’t have to live in fear, intimidation, insults.
‘I’m 69 years old and I’m gonna show you what patriotism – the questions about patriotism – looks like,’ Wong says during the meeting as he begins to unbutton his shirt.
‘Here is my proof,’ Wong says as he lifts up his undershirt, exposing a rash of scars across his chest.
‘This is sustained through my service in the U.S. military. Now is this patriot enough?’
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Source: Daily Mail