*I used to live in the Bronx and had many Puerto Rican friends. I recall being shocked when I moved to southern California, at the prejudice that existed in Los Angeles between Mexicans and African Americans. Now it seems the hate has crossed the Pacific and settled in Atlantic territory. A transgender African American man who survived being stabbed multiple times, spoke to The New York Post about what happened to him after a Puerto Rican woman told her cousin she didn’t want to sit next to a Black person.
“I don’t know why she did it, because I didn’t do anything to provoke her,” a heavily-bandaged Ijan Jarrett, 44, told The Post. According to police sources the man endured more than 100 stitches.
Jarret, who works as a hairstylist in New Jersey, was heading home on the #4 train after his shift.
“Two girls came on the train,” he recalled. “The heavy-set girl was standing over me. I asked her, ‘Would you like to sit next to your friend?’ she said, ‘Oh no, no. I’m good.’”
But apparently the woman, later ID’d as 30-year-old Stephanie Pazmino, wasn’t good. She became quite indignant and said to Jarret, “I don’t want your seat” then turned to her cousin and said in Spanish, “I don’t want to sit next to a black person,” according to what police sources revealed.
Jarret told The Post, “I moved. I got up and I said, ‘Okay, you don’t have to sit next to me.’”
But that wasn’t enough for this apparent psychopath. As the train reached 125th Street, the woman rushed over to Jarret and “punched me on top of my head. I didn’t know I was being stabbed,” Jarrett said.
“She stabbed me right under my left eye, on the back of my hand and on my left arm. She was screaming and hollering the whole time.”
Had it not been for a good Samaritan, who jumped in between the victim and the woman, no telling how this would have turned out. According to the victim, “He said, ‘Yo, yo, she is stabbing you!’” recalled Jarrett, whose arm, face and hand are covered in cuts.