Morgan Hurd said it never struck her that her adopted mother, Sherri, was a different race.
The U.S. gymnastics star — an Olympic team hopeful — said it was in her elementary school, when she first realized that her adoption from China made her different from her white mother and her mostly white classmates.
She didn’t feel different while at home, but she was being mocked at school, she said. She was teased about the shape of her eyes. She said she was told to go back to China. She mentioned being asked if she ate dogs.
“News flash: These aren’t jokes. They’re racist remarks,” Hurd said Sunday in New York , one of many anti-racism events worldwide to protest and Pacific Islanders.
Hurd said she was recently yelled at for being Chinese,