58-year-old Tarin Frances Olson has been teaching at Golden West College since 1991
A college professor was filmed by an Asian American saying “go back to your home country”.
According to the Daily Mail, Asian American Tony Kao shared a video on Facebook of a “bigot and racist” that he encountered on Long Beach, California.
In the clip, a woman is seen telling Kao, who was with his wife at the the time, to “go back to your home country”.
“I want you to tell everybody why you told us to go back to our country,” Kao says in the video.
“You need to go back to your country,” the woman replies.
“And what does that mean? It’s unbelievable. We were born and raised in the United States and you told us to go back to our country?” Kao says.
“Have your wife turn your phone off and I’ll talk to you,” the woman responds.
Kao described the woman’s comment as “completely unprovoked” and claimed the woman made the comment as she was passing by his family.
“A few weeks back we believed we walked pass the same lady and also heard her mumble something to that effect but ignored it and thought we misheard but this time as she walked away, I yelled to her, “WHAT YOU SAY?”” wrote Kao.
“Not only did she walk away confirming what she had said, she walked back our way to head home and the video footage explains the rest,” Kao added.
Kao’s viral video has been shared over 4000 times and as a result, the identity of the woman from the video has been discovered. Commenters identified the woman as 58-year-old Tarin Frances Olson – a professor and counselor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. Olson has taught at the school since 1991.
Olsen has since released a statement saying, “I feel my perspective will be twisted if discussing the skewed video which cut out part of the incident. If you would like to have a full normal interview about the displacement of European-Americans, then I gladly am available to enlighten the public.”
Olson also said she was “not in a good place emotionally after receiving so many disgusting emails…for something that wasn’t even racist and was then skewed by a guy named Tony who filmed me without my permission.”
Golden West College spokeswoman Letitia Clark also released a statement that read, “we’re very aware the community has deep concerns, and we’re not going to let this die. We’re looking at past interactions with students and staff to see if it relates to the comments made on the video.”