A woman who was the target of a racist rant on the Long Island Rail Road spoke out on Friday, saying the man made her feel “worthless” and “disrespected.”
“I was put in a position where I didn’t know what to do but stand up for myself and not allow this man to belittle me in front of people,” said 25-year-old Soraya Orelien, who was headed home to Lynbrook after a long day at her Manhattan college.
“All I did was get on the train. I didn’t expect to be terrorized and threatened by someone.”
A rider caught a video of the white man going off on the tirade aboard a Long Beach-bound train on the evening of April 19.
The man, who claimed to be upset that Orelien was talking too loudly, went off on her and another young black woman who defended her, slamming them both with vile insults.
“Shut the f–k up, you f–king loudmouthed monkey motherf–ker,” the man screamed to the women, who never appear in the video, but are responding to his insults.
“I can’t listen to your f–king black ass no more. ..You f–king loudmouthed bitch. ..At least I got a f–king mother. Do you know who your mother is? You don’t know who your mother or your father is because you’re a f–king monkey, that’s why.”
The video only caught a portion of the incident.
The man also got in the women’s faces, mimed monkey movements, and threatened to “smack the s–t” out of Orelien, the young woman said.
“Clearly the man is deranged. Hateful,” she said. “I did nothing to him.”
Orelien said she is shocked and saddened by what happened to her.
“Those derogatory words and terms really affected me,” she said.
Orelien said she is speaking up about the incident to make sure that this kind of hate isn’t directed at anyone else.
“I want to let people know that this happened to an African-American woman,” she said.
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