Since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China in late 2019, many Asian-Americans in the United States have reported experiencing racist attacks. These include: Suni Lee

In an interview with PopSugar, posted on Thursday, Nov. 11, the 18-year-old Hmong-American Dancing With the Stars contestant and Olympic gold-winning gymnast recalled a recent violent incident that occurred as she and her girlfriends, who are also of Asian descent, were waiting for an Uber after a night out.

Suni told the outlet that a group of people speeded by in a car while yelling racist slurs and telling her and her friends to “go back to where they came from.” Suni said that one of the passengers had sprayed pepper spray on her arm.

She stated that she was mad because there wasn’t anything I could control or do to stop them from getting away with it. It was hard to believe that I did not do any harm to them and with their reputation it is difficult to avoid getting into trouble. It just happened.”