NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Campaigners in New York City are calling for more assistance to the Asian community amid an increase in hate crime.
Stop AAPI Hate says nearly 3,800 incidents have been reported in the past year, ranging from verbal harassment to physical assault.
“It makes me sad. It makes me angry, ”said Chinatown resident Ava Chin.
Chin’s family has lived in Chinatown for 100 years. Lifetime resident says she’s now anxious to walk around.
“I’m not the only one. I have a lot of fearful friends. They live in fear. They don’t want to get out of the house,” she told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes.
Jan Lee is a third generation Chinatown resident.
“I haven’t had this feeling in my stomach for decades,” he said.
He said that now he feels insecure in the neighborhood he calls home for life.
“I looked over my shoulder. I guarantee that I am traveling with friends and that I will never walk alone again, and I am really worried about our aging population. I’m worried about our kids in Chinatown, ”said Lee.
It comes amid a massive increase in reported anti-Asian cases nationwide during the pandemic, plus the Atlanta shootings this week, where six out of eight murder victims were Asians. .
The suspect claimed the attacks were not racially motivated, but police did not rule out whether the murders were hate crimes, investigators said.
In New York, the NYPD commissioner said that so far this year, there have been 10 hate crimes against Asians, but he and the mayor believe that number is higher because many crimes are not reported. fox.
“This is a horrifying moment for Asian Americans” Major Bill de Blasio said friday. “We need people to report everything they see so we can assess and act on and stop the perpetrator.”
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Sixth, Public Supporter Jumaane Williams, supported by several community groups, denounced violence against Asians. They are calling for the restoration of funding that was previously cut off for the city’s Violent Violence Prevention Initiative.
“The message is, the way to fight hate is to sponsor the people behind me who have experience in these communities who have the experience of repelling hate,” Williams said.
“In a time of so much violence and hatred targeting the Asian-American community, one way to avert the tragedy is before it even begins. As Jumaane said, we need support, we need money, we need a lot of money with lots of zeros, ”said Jo-Ann Yoo, of the Federation of Asian Americans.
“Unfortunately, during the last year, I had employees spit, beaten, thrown their belongings at them, racially slandered with them,” said Wayne Ho, of the American Planning Council. said Chinese descent.
The candles light up Union Square dark on Friday night as hundreds of people gather to fight violence against the Asian American community.
“It won’t happen without the truth. It won’t happen without the problem, ”said one speaker.
“When I look out in this crowd, I see America. I see the true spirit of America, ”said a 13-year-old speaker from Hoboken, New Jersey.
Ravi Reddi, with the Asian American Federation, reads the names of Georgia shooting victims – Delaina Ashley Yaun, Hyun Jung Grant, Yong Ae Yue, Suncha Kim, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park and Paul Andre Michels.
“They are why we are here today,” said Reddi.
Police released a new surveillance video Friday showing a young white gunman walking into one of the spas before carrying out the attacks.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have met with leaders in Atlanta to condemn violence.
“Words have consequences,” Biden said. “It’s the coronavirus, stopped completely.”
Back in New York, attendees of the vigil ceremony said the increase in violence was frightening.
“It was really scary. I come from the Upper West Side. I have to carry the key in my hand just in case, ”said Susan Lee.
“How does it feel to have so many people say this is not good?” CBS2’s Jessica Moore asked Lily Li, from East Village.
“I feel unbelievable the way I think we all come from work and we hide our emotions to pass, and it’s great to pause that,” said Li.
The feeling of fear that many people wish would soon be just a distant memory.
CBS2’s Andrea Grymes and Jessica Moore contributed to this report.