Reflecting on racist provocations: possible non-violent solutions?

I was at the receiving end of two racially driven assaults while I was out on a beautiful, sunny day over the weekend in London. It had been the third occasion this week which something similar happened to me, and of many which I can remember from my adult life. In the wake of anti-Asian hate crimes across the Americas and Europe, the incidents today hit differently.

The first one was from a homeless woman outside a supermarket who yelled racial slurs at me. The second was an old man looking at me as if I was a…