Tired of being questioned about his patriotism because he’s Asian American, an elected official in Ohio bared his chest during a meeting to reveal a scar he received while serving in the United States military.
Lee Wong, 69, came to the U.S. after graduating high school. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army before retiring from active duty service. He says that he has been harassed since the 70s when he was a college student.
According to CNN, Wong says that anti-Asian views have grown “worse and worse” over the last few years.
At the West Chester, Ohio, Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Wong took off his jacket and began to unbutton his shirt. He stood up, lifting his undershirt to reveal a massive scar across his chest. Wong told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the move was not planned, but the “timing was right.”
“Here is my proof,” he said. “This is sustained through my service in the U.S. military. Now is this patriot enough?”
The video of Wong’s speech has gone viral. The video has been viewed more than four million times on Twitter.
“It has to stop. It just has to. I just felt that this is really going out of control here,” Wong told CNN. “A few ignorant people that insult all. Barbaric. Horrible.”
Lee Wong, an elected official in West Chester, Ohio & @USArmy veteran with 20-years of service, took his shirt off during a town hall meeting on Wednesday and revealed scars he received during his service. “Is this patriot enough?” he asked #StopAsianHate https://t.co/3nCwTlVGxD pic.twitter.com/0R1TX3MTtp
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) March 26, 2021