Ellen DeGeneres meets the woman who defended a Muslim subway rider.

Share on Facebook

Ellen DeGeneres meets the woman who defended a Muslim subway rider.

When confronted with bigotry and hatred, most of us would like to think we’d speak up and say something. But it’s not as easy: sometimes situations can become dangerous, or sometimes we’re just paralyzed.

Tracey Tong, however, refused to stay silent when she saw a Muslim man being berated by an older Latina woman on the subway train in New York. The older gentleman calmly defended himself when verbally attacked, but the woman kept yelling at him. Another passenger in accented English asked the older woman to stop, causing her to become combative.

Tracey then stepped in, asking the woman what her country of origin was. Once she revealed she was born in America but with family from Puerto Rico, Tracey reminded her that most Americans trace their roots from elsewhere, like her.

“We need to stick together,” she said, in a video of the exchange captured by another passenger, and then demanded all passengers be treated with respect.

That video went viral, and many called Tracey a heroine for speaking her mind. Tracey then went on to meet TV host Ellen DeGeneres. Watch the two discuss what happened below, and listen to how all of us can speak up when we can…

You Might Also Like:

A Navy cadet who deals with fear and anxiety shows us exactly what courage looks like.

A racing driver who turned down a bribe to crash his car gets the surprise of his life.

She lost half her face and got a new one from an unknown donor. Then, she feels a chill to the bone.

A black teen is stopped by cops because of the color of his skin. I didn’t expect it to get so real.

A lonely artist sits drawing in a coffee shop. When she holds up her sketchbook, it’s just magical.

A mom saw bullies walking up to her disabled daughter. So she goes over and does the unthinkable.

Join Over 128,000 Subscribers!

Sign up to our daily e-mail and be the first to get notified of
new, inspiring stories. No spam, ever. Read more.

Omeleto Inspires People to Do Better,
Be Better.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best stories delivered to your inbox.