Every fight, we wear our hats. I wear my hat daily. I’ve never had anybody give me any trouble, not to my face. Until this weekend. As we sat in our seats a man came flying down from a few rows back, pointing at our hats and screaming at us. He screamed that we were murderers, among other slurs. Cursed Israel. Cursed Jews. He was worked up, aggressive. He was so angry and full of hate, several other bystanders had to pull him away. As we were cage side, there was a physical barrier between us, which I’m thankful for, I’m not entirely sure what would have happened if there hadn’t been. Security pulled the man and his companions away, made them calm down and take their seats, but they were allowed to stay. As I calmed myself down I reminded myself that this was not the first nor the last time I would likely experience something like that, and that I couldn’t let it eat away at me. But later, when I had to go to the bathroom, I found that I was nervous to leave the safety of the physical barrier of our VIP seats, and that broke my heart. It’s 2018 and as I walked to the bathroom I was looking over my shoulder. I had marked myself a Jew, and had thus become a target.
I will continue to wear my hat on a daily basis, and to every fight. Thank you to @aupunipagaoa125 , who is neither Israeli nor Jewish, but continues to wear his hat even after being accosted for it. Thank you to all of you who have them and wear them with pride. Let’s keep doing just that!
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