Anti-Asian Hate Rallies

On Saturday, the “Rise Up Against Anti-Asian Hate” rally took place in Foley Square. This rally was instigated by Noel Quintana’s incident and many others’. Noel, a New Yorker, was slashed across the face, and said, “When I was attacked on the subway, there were so many New Yorkers around me, but nobody came to my help, nobody made a video. I was scared I wasn’t going to make it. … We are all New Yorkers, and we should be looking out for each other.” He described the attack on February 3 to city leaders, Asian Americans and their supporters, who eventually started the rally. 

The surge of rallies wasn’t only instigated through this instance. A 36 year old Asian American man was stabbed on Thursday, the most recent incident in New York City. However, New York City isn’t the only place with assaults. A healthy 84 year old man in San Francisco walking his daily walk as an individual ran across the street, knocking the elderly over. The elderly was hospitalized; the doctor stated that there was a lot of bleeding in his brain, and he never woke up again. The 19 year old suspect was charged of murder and elder abuse. Another reported attack was in Oakland, where a 91 year old man was pushed to the ground. There were also many reported robberies, including the one in Oakland’s Chinatown. Furthermore, over a dozen Asian businesses were vandalized. 

Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio supported while exclaiming, “Stop Asian hate! This is the message we have to get out no, not just in New York City, but all over this country: Stop Asian hate! Stop it now!” Attorneys like New York Attorney General Letitia James encourages people to report hate crimes to her. 

A New York City resident, Pearl sun describes her fears and cautiousness when walking in the streets. “I have to tell you that I walk out the door and I brace myself, I prepare myself,” she said. “I make sure I no longer listen to music, when I’m walking around. I no longer listen to podcasts. … I want to make sure I pay attention to what, or whatever might be happening around me… It’s been an ongoing situation, but the previous rhetoric has amped up all of [Trump’s] hate, calling it the kung flu virus and the China virus, and we are sadly, seemingly an easy target.”

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