Okay. So here's my confession. I was a bully. The last confrontation I had was with a sixty five year old Japanese man I ran into over at a shopping mall here in Yokohama.
I remember him approaching me and asking me what I thought about his new U.S. Navy cap. I hate being bothered by stupidity when I'm on my way to work. He was pointing to the wording on the hat with this stupid little grimace on his ugly little unshaven face.
And then he smiled and the only teeth he had in his mouth were molars, and no others teeth ladies and gentleman. Hideous looking man! I went for the first insult by first telling him in Japanese at how stupid he looked for sporting a U.S. Navy hat with pride in spite of the dark history of thousands of his own people who were raped, murdered and brutalized way back in HIS generation.
I had asked him to remove it because I felt that not only was it an insult and an affront to the thousands of sailors who died fighting against YOUR people in the Pacific, but to the thousands of Okinawa's who were victimized by the U.S. Marines. He had no goddam right to wear the hat jus' cause' it's cool looking or because he wants to appear friendly. Had the U.S. lost the war it would be a crime to wear such a hat on American soil glorifying the Japanese military!
"You're not a man," I shouted! "You're a Yankee lovin' boot licker who would whore his own daughter off just for a chance to go to the States and to look cool in front of your friends.' He was super shocked! I could sense his blood pressure rising as the vein in his neck began to pump. He started pointing at security and began motioning one of the officers over. Security wouldn't come near, especially after I gave them one of my patented Samuel L. Jackson glares.
I continued: "How can you ask me such a stupid question?" " Where is your daughter at right now? Is she clubbing on one of the American military bases?" “There are thousands of Japanese people every year paying their respects at Yasukuni, but you. You have to stop me and ask me about how good you look in some stupid little U.S. Navy hat! Like I’m supposed to cheer you on and say attaboy that’s showing your national pride and spirit.
I enjoyed watching his stupid little smile turn to anger. I felt so relieved after I let off into him. So many ignorant people forget their history and think that it’s perfectly okay. It’s not OK! It will never be okay!
Since then I stopped. I know I may have overreacted but I have no regrets. It’s what he needed to hear. I just didn’t need to hear him asking me something like that. Maybe I’ll sport a KKK hat next time and stop some black guy and ask him how I look.