My friend of 15+ years said that to me this morning. Not that it matters, but he's actually of Jewish and Filipino decent. We're only a couple days in and already the interwebs are all a twitter with reports of women, Muslims, and minorities being openly harassed in public. Needless to say, it's bringing up some old, difficult sentiments.
Don't stand by: Here's a comic showing how to help if you see someone being harassed, without engaging the aggressor. Of if you prefer, here's a video. It's easier to act quickly and with confidence if you already have a strategy in place.
Another shamelessly stolen idea: A safety pin is being worn on the lapel by Brits to protest racism and hate crimes, on the rise against Muslims since Brexit. It indicates that you a safe person to sit with on the bus, walk next to on the street, or just talk to. I will be wearing one when riding public transit or walking around in the city. Spread the word and be the safe space.
Keep on keeping on,