Incidents of disgusting racist behavior from intolerant white people and others seem to be happening at a greater pace since Donald Trump’s election. The racial animus Trump and the Republican Party have been stoking is making these bigots unafraid to launch into virulently racist tirades, even when they’re caught on camera. This latest incident is a real gut-punch, because the man on the receiving end is a veteran, because he was trying to help, and because the woman who verbally assaulted him was his own neighbor.
This is Mimi Huynh, a white woman and veteran of the U.S. Navy who served on the USS Kitty Hawk.
Mimi is married to Wally Huynh, a Vietnamese man who served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years as an electronics technician. Wally was recently on the receiving end of a vicious verbal tirade from one of their neighbors after offering to help her with some yard work:
My husband just tried to help a neighbor with hedge trimming.
She yelled at him to get out of her country, he has no right to be here.
When I got outside I shut her down.
— Honest is Easy (@MimiHuynh1) July 9, 2018
“She yelled at him to get out of her country, he has no right to be here. When I got outside I shut her down,” Mimi wrote on Twitter. Her tweet received over 20,000 retweets and plenty of the attention that goes with it. While Mimi originally wrote that her husband was offering to help with hedge trimming, it turns out he was actually offering to help with her sprinkler system.
Being the kind and loving neighbor Mimi is, she tried to mend fences with the racist woman next door who shouted at her husband by bringing her some delicious looking Vietnamese egg rolls:
I'll admit, I've snarled over this happening in public.
In my own life, I find I can't answer answer with anger, or hate with hate, despite feeling angry @ her disrespect.
I'm going to take her some Vietnamese egg rolls!
And have a heart to heart with her. pic.twitter.com/oNCDxYM9qT
— Honest is Easy (@MimiHuynh1) July 10, 2018
The woman apologized for her behavior, but asked that Mimi’s husband not “solicit her socially” because they’re “not compatible”:
Hi all. My neighbor apologized to me, & my hubby both, for getting angry and "verbally assaulting" him.
She also asked that he doesn't solicit her socially anymore, as they're not compatible. 2 pts for honesty I guess. Asked if she & I can be friends still.
Um, no.😅 We're good pic.twitter.com/CLz7owXqxv
— Honest is Easy (@MimiHuynh1) July 11, 2018
Wow, what a racist. This just goes to show you that being nice to racists is not a good way to get them to be less racist, even when it’s your next-door neighbor. While the Huynh’s story doesn’t exactly have a happy ending, I think we can all agree that what would really make America great again is if more people were like the Huynh’s and fewer people were like their neighbor.
At least Mimi and Wally Huynh got plenty of love and support from Twitter:
It’s cold comfort these days, but the hellish onslaught of racism unleashed by Donald Trump and the Republican Party isn’t going to go away anytime soon.