While driving the speed limit down a Fremont, CA road over the weekend, Korean-American Air Force Reserve member James Ahn got a taste of the “real America” when a woman pulled alongside him and hollered, “This is not your fucking country.”
Ahn posted the video to Facebook:
It didn't take long for Internet sleuths to identify the offender as Suraya Entezam.
She has since deleted her Facebook, but her name is Suraya Entezam. She also apparently gave seminars on racism. There's a heaping dose of irony in there somewhere.... anyway best of luck to you James!— Rebecca Thompson (@Momof3gngrs) May 25, 2018
And ironically, turns out she's an immigrant herself:
Due to some internet sleuths the identity of the lady yelling and making racist gestures at one of our Korean-American troops has been revealed. Her name is Suraya Entezam of Fremont, CA. Here’s the real kicker...this chick is an Iranian immigrant herself.https://t.co/EV2e9s1F4H pic.twitter.com/mVHujGKW0s— Mile High Maven (@thedoo2u) May 25, 2018
Regarding the incident, Ahn states, “As I changed the lane, she kept driving towards my car gesturing to crush me and cutting in front of me to slam on the break. “I later realized that this was more like a hate crime than a road rage.”
What could have been a brief exchange of road rage turned into a racist attack as the woman pulled back her eyes, screaming “Oh my god, Chinese ugly.” Though Ahn went to the Fremont Police Department, as spokeswoman Geneva Bosques explained, there was little they could do.
“You could call this hate speech but as horrible as it is - and we clearly don’t condone any of it - it is protected by the First Amendment,” Bosques states. She also went on to reveal that Entezam claimed Ahn “started it” by telling her to “go back to her country.”
According to Ahn, that never happened. “We didn’t say anything to her. She wouldn’t listen even if I said anything.”
Though the story could have ended with Fremont PD’s dismissal of the case, James Ahn allegedly created a Twitter account specifically to chide the California police department. In a series of tweets directed at Fremont’s law enforcement, he states, “Created the Twitter account to address your lack of response and spreading false information. You guys took hours and days to take my report by telling me that my feeling may be hurt but I didn't end up with an accident or had any physical contact.”
@FremontPD This is James Ahn. Created the Twitter account to address your lack of response and spreading false information.— James (@James24607147) May 25, 2018
You guys took hours and days to take my report by telling me that my feeling may be hurt but I didn't end up with an accident or had any physical contact.
James - all of the statements were recorded. In the end as you are aware, officers could not establish a crime. This does not mean the department condones the behavior. The comments and gestures were insensitive, demeaning and hurtful.— Fremont Police Department (@FremontPD) May 25, 2018
Ahn goes on to ask, “Can any criminal simply say he/she did it first after hurting someone as long as there is no evidence? Did you even try to find any witness to determine who is telling the [truth]?”
Can any criminal simply say he/she did it first after hurting someone as long as there is no evidence?— James (@James24607147) May 25, 2018
Did you even try to find any witness to determine who is telling the trues?
Do you think what she did on the road to me was a joke?
When asked, we have the obligation under the public records act to provide the facts of the case. We understand your statements may not be 100% the same and that’s pretty normal during police investigations. She admitted to her statements, but they alone are not a crime.— Fremont Police Department (@FremontPD) May 25, 2018
While Ahn doesn’t feel he has the support of the police department, many on Twitter are backing him.
Including his Congressman:
I proudly represent #Fremont in Congress. This woman does not represent Fremont, which is a diverse, inclusive community. But she’s a reminder of the hate that still exists in America and the work we all have ahead. Thank you, James Ahn, for your service to America. https://t.co/914HbCw640— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 25, 2018
Hey James, I'm so sorry you went through that. I don't believe for a second that you told her "get out of the country" like Fremont PD is claiming. Her identity has been discovered and she cussed people out on Facebook for asking her if she was the one in the video.— Rebecca Thompson (@Momof3gngrs) May 25, 2018
James Ahn said the woman was driving next to him, trying to crash into him, and drove in front of him and deliberately braked, trying to cause a collision in wanton disregard for safety. That is reckless driving. CC: @RepSwalwell @LilyMei4Fremont pic.twitter.com/Vm9C4S0EjR— Albert Hur (@AlbertHur888) May 25, 2018
Since her identity had been uncovered, the internet took to suggesting some drastic measures to ensure Entezam doesn't get away with her overt racism.
One idea: sending a K-pop star to her door, much like how New Yorkers sent a Mariachi band to Aaron Schlossberg after his racist rant.
New Yorkers send a Mariachi band to #DotardDonnie Fan #AaronSchlossberg ‘s house . Maybe Californians can do the same thing for an ugly racist Suraya Entezam ‘s house . Does she like k-pop? Nobody wants to give her massage! #JamesAhn the #asianamerican hero deserves pic.twitter.com/wL9IrZR1Xo— TheBear🦇🐻 (@JWinston31) May 25, 2018
Plenty of people have apparently made attempts to get her fired from the job she's believed to have at Mostofi Consultant, but there has been no update on whether or not her employer has responded to the video.
H/T: Huffington Post, Twitter