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Asian-American Woman Records Driver’s Racist Tirade: “She Can’t See”

Selina Cairel

Selina Cairel, 22, was just trying to enjoy a night out with friends when another woman's road rage left her in tears.

Last week, Cairel drover her friends to Portland, Oregon to play arcade games and buy donuts.

But on the way out of the parking lot, Cairel says she may have cut in front of another car by accident.

"They were there suddenly and I rolled my window down and apologized," Cairel said.

"Mind you I didn't even come close to hitting them."

Cairel says she apologized, but the other driver taunted her with a mock Asian accent, saying, "She's Asian, she can't see that's why she can't drive."

"She started laughing," Cairel remembered.

"By that time I was fuming, shocked that somebody could say that to me. I pulled my window down and asked her what her problem was."

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The woman who confronted Cairel.Selina Cairel - Facebook

At this point, the other driver was filming Cairel, so she started filming too, and captured the incensed woman giving a racist rant.

"Before you say anything, you might want to make sure you’re actual legals," the woman called out to Cairel.

"You’re illegals crossing the border. And your parents probably had to work for ----- dirt just to get here.

While the hateful woman is all smiles, her embarassed passengers can be seen covering their faces.

Warning: this video contains strong language.

"This is the kind of ----- I have to deal with in Portland," Cairel can be heard saying off-camera.

Cairel, who is a Filipino-American, says she was "very upset" by the comments, which is why she shared her video on Facebook.

"Honestly, I started crying the whole way home. I called my parents at two thirty-ish and also called my dad in England the next day," Cairel told The Mirror.

For the record, Cairel's father is English and her mother is from the Philippines, and her family has lived in the U.S. for more than a decade.

She even shared a photo of her American passport on social media to rebuke the nasty woman in her video.

By Friday, more than a million people had seen Cairel's upsetting footage, and nearly all of the comments are meant to encourage Cairel.

"I bet her parents are so proud," one commenter wrote about the other driver. "Even her own friend is ashamed of her," wrote another.

Cairel said she shared the video so people could see what it's like to be on the receiving end of such hurtful comments.

"I never let this pass and wanna make sure this kind of behavior is seen and how people of color encounter this all the time," she wrote.

"I wanna make sure she gets seen and her racist, ignorant behavior is exposed."

But at the same time, Cairel urger her followers on social media not to make threats against the woman in her video.

[H/T: Oregon Live, The Mirror, Daily Mail]

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