Long Island Man Targeted Latino Immigrants for Attack, Police Say

The authorities said the 19-year-old man chose victims at gathering places for day laborers.

#assaults, #brookhaven-ny, #day-laborers, #farmingville-ny, #hate-crimes, #immigration-and-emigration, #long-island-ny, #lucero-marcelo, #national-day-laborer-organizing-network, #patchogue-ny, #suffolk-county-ny

6 Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh for Killing of Gay Rights Activist

The activist Xulhaz Mannan, who had started a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender magazine, was hacked to death in a machete attack in 2016.

#ansar-al-islam-bangladesh, #bangladesh, #hate-crimes, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #mannan-julhas, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #terrorism

25-Year Sentence for Iowa Woman Who Drove Into Children Because of Their Race

Nicole Poole Franklin, 43 of Des Moines, was sentenced on two federal hate crime charges in connection with the 2019 attacks.

#associated-press, #clive-iowa, #des-moines-iowa, #des-moines-register, #hate-crimes, #iowa, #poole-franklin-nicole-marie, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sidewalks, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #youth

Why Was Vicha Ratanapakdee Killed?

His death helped awaken the nation to a rise in anti-Asian violence. For his grieving family, the reckoning hasn’t gone far enough.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #black-people, #boudin-chesa, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

Black Man Who Says He Was Threatened With Noose Now Faces Charges Himself

“There’s nothing more American than charging a Black man in his own attempted lynching,” Vauhxx Booker of Indiana said of the charges against him, which he sees as retaliation from the special prosecutor.

#assaults, #booker-vauhxx, #hate-crimes, #indiana, #lynching, #race-and-ethnicity

Fatal Shooting of 2 Black People Near Boston Is Investigated as a Hate Crime

The gunman, who was killed by the police, had made “anti-Semitic and racist statements,” the Suffolk County district attorney said.

#black-people, #dave-green, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nathan-allen, #ramona-cooper, #winthrop-mass

On the Path to Day X: The Return of Germany’s Far Right

A timeline of key moments for understanding the far right in modern Germany.

#albrecht-franco, #anti-semitism, #europe, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #hate-crimes, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #immigration-and-emigration, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #western-europe

George Floyd Statue in Brooklyn Is Defaced With Hate Group’s Symbol

The vandalism came just days after the statue was unveiled, and only a day before the officer who killed Mr. Floyd was to be sentenced.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #hate-crimes, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #neo-nazi-groups, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #southern-poverty-law-center, #vandalism

Policing and the New York Mayoral Race

As voters head to the polls, we talk to two Democrats about an election that is testing the city’s values.

#audio-neutral-informative, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #crime-and-criminals, #elections-mayors, #hate-crimes, #mayors, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform, #race-and-ethnicity

How Asian Women Are Finding Confidence Through Self-Defense

Some Asian women are learning new skills to protect themselves, bolstering their sense of agency, confidence and competence on the street.

#anxiety-and-stress, #asian-americans, #center-for-anti-violence-education, #chinese-americans, #content-type-service, #discrimination, #fear-emotion, #hate-crimes, #minorities, #self-defense, #women-and-girls

N.Y.C. Gallery Commemorating Tulsa Massacre Vandalized

The Black Wall Street Gallery in New York was vandalized three times this week, its owner said. He called on the police to treat it as a hate crime.

#art, #black-people, #black-wall-street-gallery-manhattan-ny, #hate-crimes, #race-and-ethnicity, #soho-manhattan-ny, #tulsa-race-riot-1921, #vandalism, #wright-ricco-1981

When the Gunman’s Motive Remains a Mystery: Does It Matter?

Even when they try to explain themselves, perpetrators are unlikely to help make sense out of the senseless.

#atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #hate-crimes, #las-vegas-nev-shooting-october-2017, #mass-shootings, #orlando-fla-shooting-2016

U.S. Faces Outbreak of Anti-Semitic Threats and Violence

In the wake of clashes in Israel and Gaza, synagogues have been vandalized and Jews have been threatened and attacked.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #united-states

Attacks on Jews Over Israel Are a Gift to the Right

On the crisis of anti-Semitic violence.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #hate-crimes, #israel, #liberalism-us-politics, #palestinians, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zionism

Man Charged in Arson at Brooklyn Synagogue and Yeshiva, Officials Say

The man was also connected to assaults on a Jewish man and a Black subway rider and vandalism at a Catholic church, court records show.

#ali-alaheri, #anti-semitism, #arson, #assaults, #brooklyn-nyc, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #saint-athanasius-roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #vandalism

Seventh Noose Found at Amazon Construction Site in Connecticut, Police Say

The Windsor Police Department said it was investigating what it called “potential hate crime incidents” after a seventh noose was found at a future fulfillment center.

#amazon-com-inc, #black-people, #building-construction, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #nooses, #windsor-conn, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Biden Signs Bill Addressing Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans

The measure amounts to the first legislative action that Congress has taken to bolster law enforcement’s response to attacks on people of Asian descent during the coronavirus pandemic.

#asian-americans, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #hirono-mazie-k, #law-and-legislation, #meng-grace, #united-states-politics-and-government

Keys, Wallet, Pepper Spray: The New Reality for Asian-Americans

‘I think it just speaks to the urgency that people are feeling.’

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #chinatown-manhattan-ny, #flushing-queens-ny, #hate-crimes, #health-department-nys

Hate Crime Is Eyed in Chinese-American Teen’s 2017 Killing, Authorities Say

The killing of Maggie Long, 17, who was set on fire and burned alive in her family’s Bailey, Colo., home, remains unsolved.

#asian-americans, #bailey-colo, #chinese-americans, #colorado, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #long-maggie-d-2017, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

The House Passes Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill

The legislation is the first action Congress has taken to bolster law enforcement’s response to attacks on people of Asian descent amid an uptick in discrimination and violence during the pandemic.

#asian-americans, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #crime-and-criminals, #hate-crimes, #house-of-representatives

Atlanta Spa Shootings Were Hate Crimes, Prosecutor Says

The district attorney in Fulton County will seek the death penalty against the suspect in the shootings, saying he targeted some victims because they were of Asian descent.

#atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #cherokee-county-ga, #fulton-county-ga, #grant-hyun-jung-march-16-2021-shooting, #hate-crimes, #kim-suncha-march-16-2021-shooting, #long-robert-aaron, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #park-soon-chung-march-16-2021-shooting, #willis-fani-t, #yue-yong-ae-march-16-2021-shooting

Repairing Generations of Trauma, One Lotus Flower at a Time

Buddhists from many cultures and communities gathered to repair the nation’s racial karma. The ceremony was held at a Los Angeles temple that had recently been vandalized in an arson attack.

#asian-americans, #buddhism, #hate-crimes, #los-angeles-calif, #religion-and-belief

Daylight Attack on 2 Asian Women in San Francisco Increases Fears

The stabbing on Market Street this week and other attacks have caused some older Asian-American residents in the Bay Area to fear going outdoors, community leaders said.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #hate-crimes, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

Learning How to Heal in the Wake of Anti-Asian Hate

Buddhists from many cultures and communities gathered to repair the nation’s racial karma. The ceremony was held at a Los Angeles temple that had recently been vandalized in an arson attack.

#asian-americans, #buddhism, #hate-crimes, #los-angeles-calif, #religion-and-belief

Cathy Park Hong

The Asian-American poet wants to help women and people of color find healing — and clarity — in their rage.

#asian-americans, #books-and-literature, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #hong-cathy-park, #korean-americans, #minor-feelings-an-asian-american-reckoning-book, #morris-wesley-1975, #poetry-and-poets, #race-and-ethnicity, #wortham-jenna, #writing-and-writers

Ahmaud Arbery Shooting: 3 Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges

The Justice Department’s announcement of the charges was the latest in a string of moves to make civil rights protections a priority.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

3 Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges in Ahmaud Arbery Shooting

The Justice Department’s announcement of the charges was the latest in a string of moves to make civil rights protections a priority.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #georgia, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mcmichael-gregory-1955, #mcmichael-travis-1986, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

Census (Barely) Leads to a Congressional Loss for New York

Even so, the state’s congressional delegation remains powerful, and redistricting could help preserve a Democratic majority in the U.S. House.

#assaults, #census, #census-bureau, #elections-house-of-representatives, #hate-crimes, #new-york-city, #united-states-politics-and-government

Asian Man Who Was Stomped and Kicked in Harlem Is in Critical Condition

A Chinese man collecting bottles and cans was kicked in the head, part of a wave of assaults on Asian New Yorkers.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc

In Poland, an L.G.B.T.Q. Migration As Homophobia Deepens

An escalation in verbal attacks by the Polish government, with the support of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the threat of physical violence on the streets of many cities, has triggered an exodus of gay people.

#hate-crimes, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #poland, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #spain, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Iowa Woman Admits to Hitting Children With Car Because of Their Ethnicity

Nicole Poole Franklin, 43, pleaded guilty to hate crime and attempted murder charges after striking two children with her Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2019.

#des-moines-iowa, #hate-crimes, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Someone Threw Acid in Her Face. Her Family Doesn’t Know Why.

Nafiah Ikram, 21, nearly died in the attack outside her Long Island home. The attacker is at large, and the motive remains a mystery.

#acids, #assaults, #elmont-ny, #hate-crimes, #lakshmi-padma, #police-department-nassau-county-ny

Senate Passes Bill to Target Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

The bipartisan vote amounts to the first legislative action either chamber of Congress has taken to bolster law enforcement’s response to rising attacks on the Asian-American community.

#asian-americans, #collins-susan-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cotton-tom, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #hirono-mazie-k, #meng-grace, #moran-jerry-1954, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Highest French Court Rules Killer of Jewish Woman Cannot Stand Trial

To the alarm of Jewish leaders, Sarah Halimi’s killer will go unpunished because of his mental state, brought on by cannabis, at the time of the crime.

#anti-semitism, #coulibaly-amedy-1982-2015, #france, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #knoll-mireille, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mental-health-and-disorders, #merah-mohammed, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Senate Passes Anti-Asian-American Hate Crimes Bill

The vote, 92 to 6, could allow for final passage later this week, though an amendment process could be another roadblock.

#asian-americans, #hate-crimes, #senate

He Was Charged in an Anti-Asian Attack. It Was His 33rd Arrest.

Many people arrested in assaults on Asian residents in New York have had a history of mental health episodes, arrests and homelessness, complicating the city’s search for an effective response.

#asian-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #elliot-brandon-march-29-2001-assault, #hate-crimes, #homeless-persons, #race-and-ethnicity, #shea-dermot-f-1969, #trump-donald-j

Would You Jump In to Stop an Assault?

A recent video showed several men seeming to ignore an anti-Asian attack in Midtown. Yet research shows that most people are more than willing to intervene and help someone.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #chauvin-derek-1976, #crime-and-criminals, #floyd-george-d-2020, #genovese-kitty, #hate-crimes, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #psychology-and-psychologists, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #urban-areas

Anti-Asian Attack in New York Hits a Nerve in the Philippines

The country’s foreign secretary responded forcefully to the recent assault on a Filipino immigrant in New York City. Some have called it hypocritical.

#asian-americans, #hate-crimes, #new-york-city, #philippines

For Hans Tung, the personal becomes public in a growing campaign to ‘stop Asian hate’

Longtime venture capitalist Hans Tung is a big guy. His size might just be life-saving.

A first-generation Taiwanese-American who came to the U.S. and to Los Angeles specifically, in 1984, it was a fraught time for the then 14-year-old. Two years earlier, a Chinese-American draftsman named Vincent Chin was beaten in Detroit by a Chrysler plant supervisor and his stepson, a laid-off autoworker, who reportedly believed that Chin was of Japanese descent and were angry over the growing success of Japan’s auto industry. Chin, who was attending his own bachelor party the night that he fought off the pair — he was struck repeatedly with a baseball bat — died days later at age 27.

While anti-Asian sentiment may have seemed to lessen over the following decades, it has remained constant, and like countless others, Tung as been on the receiving end of it, he says. “Growing up, I faced my share of taunts, of racial epithets, whether it was in California or Boston or New York.  I’m fortunate that I’m over 6’4″ tall and weigh more than 200 pounds,” or he might be physically harassed at some point, too.

Tung has never been more mindful of his size than now. Even while anti-Asian sentiment never fully dissipated in the U.S., it worsened abruptly last year based on political rhetoric about the coronavirus. “As COVID broke out in China, we knew that Asian Americans would be blamed,” says Tung, who flies back and forth to China routinely for work as a managing director with the cross-border investment firm GGV Capital. “We saw this with SARS, too, but it wasn’t as big a pandemic, so people were being harassed and not killed.”

Anecdotally, Tung believes life is more dangerous right now for Asians in the U.S. based on conversations with friends and family members and the worrisome headlines to emerge of elderly individuals in particular being beaten on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland and on New York subways and outside of Times Square, as happened on Monday when a 65-year-old woman was viscously attacked in a scene that was filmed by an onlooker and has provoked national outrage.

The numbers back him up. From 2019 to 2020, overall hate crime rate declined while hate crimes targeting Asians increased, as first reported by NBC based on analysis released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Overall, its examination revealed that while such crimes decreased overall by 7 percent last year, those targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150 percent, with the biggest surge in New York, where anti-Asian hate crimes rose from three in 2019 to 28 last year, a 833% increase.

With those numbers seemingly continuing to climb in 2021, Tung and his partners at GGV Capital decided to take action two weeks ago, quickly settling on what they do best, which is to respond to the rising violence with their financial muscle and network.

A first step was publicly offering to match $100,000 in donations to organizations that support the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities. GGV’s move was almost immediately matched by other investors and founders eager to help, including Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed and Eric Kim and Chi-Hua Chien of Goodwater Capital, who also offered to match donations.

Fast forward and Tung says that 11 days into a de facto Twitter campaign, roughly $5 million in donations have now been made by more than 175 founders (including Jen Rubio, Stewart Butterfield, and Eric Yuan) and members of more than 30 venture firms in a kind of partnership that is “rare to see in the VC community,” Tung notes.

It’s a great start, Tung says. At the same time, he notes that the problem is ongoing and that more resources — which everyone is sending on an individual basis to a variety of Asian-American community groups that are dealing with a spiking racism and its implications — are needed. Toward that end, GGV is recommending at least five organizations whose work it believes to be making an impact. These include Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Red Canary Song, GoFundMe Support the AAPI Community, Stop AAPI Hate, and Compassion in Oakland.

Tung takes pains to note that GGV has been active in other campaigns, including AllRaise, the organization that’s bringing more gender equality to investment firms and to the board room. He says that his partners were also highly moved by the Black Lives Matter movement last spring, donating to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Southern Poverty Law Center, among other organizations.

In fact, he says that earlier movements — including an effort by investor Ryan Sarver of Redpoint last year to help both front-line workers and restaurant workers by devising a way for donors to “buy” chef-made meals for hospital staff — have been experiences from which he has learned.

One of those lessons is that when something is close enough to one’s heart, it’s worth the risk of being perceived as a “VC who is showing off” if it moves the needle.

In this case, says Tung, “so many of these crimes are treated as individual incidents and not as hate crimes, which comes with more severe penalties” that he is determined to raise awareness and visibility into the matter, even if it means making himself more vulnerable than he is comfortable.

“When it comes to Asian hate, it’s such a personal matter,” he says.

#anti-asian, #asian-americans-advancing-justice, #compassion-in-oakland, #ggv-capital, #hans-tung, #hate-crimes, #red-canary-song, #stop-aapi-hate, #tc, #venture-capital

Man Arrested in Anti-Asian Attack Was on Parole for Killing Mother

Brandon Elliot, who killed his mother two decades ago, was arrested early Wednesday and charged with the brutal assault on a Filipino woman near Times Square.

#assaults, #brodsky-organization, #elliot-brandon-march-29-2001-assault, #hate-crimes, #kari-vilma, #police-department-nyc

In Broad Daylight, Another Anti-Asian Attack

The attack was especially shocking after a yearlong nationwide surge of violence. The police have arrested a man on a hate crime charge.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #filipino-americans, #hate-crimes, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

What’s Wrong With Our Hate Crime Laws?

Charging someone with a hate crime sends a message to the perpetrator, the victim and the community. But is it always the right choice?

#anti-defamation-league, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #criminal-justice, #hate-crimes

Biden Announces Actions to Combat Anti-Asian Attacks

“We can’t be silent in the face of rising violence against Asian Americans,” President Biden said after an assault on a woman in New York.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #domestic-violence, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #health-and-human-services-department, #justice-department, #new-york-city, #united-states-politics-and-government

Attack on Asian Woman in Midtown Prompts Another Hate Crime Investigation

The New York Police Department’s hate crimes task force said it was searching for a man who kicked a 65-year-old woman, stomped on her and made anti-Asian statements toward her on a sidewalk.

#assaults, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hate-crimes, #manhattan-nyc, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #police-department-nyc

In a Role Reversal, Asian-Americans Aim to Protect Their Parents From Hate

The conversations represent a fraught yet tender shift in the traditional parent-child dynamic.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #chinese-americans, #content-type-service, #discrimination, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #hate-crimes, #immigration-and-emigration, #korean-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #taiwanese-americans

An Asian-American Official Bared His Chest, Revealing Scars From His Army Service

“People question my patriotism, that I don’t look American enough,” Lee Wong, an elected official in an Ohio township, said at a recent public meeting.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #cincinnati-ohio, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #lee-wong, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Misogyny Fuels Violence Against Women. Should It Be a Hate Crime?

Experts say the everyday harassment women have learned to put up with — the catcalling and lewd gestures — connects directly with more serious abuses.

#discrimination, #domestic-violence, #hate-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

Are Hate Crime Laws Really the Answer to Anti-Asian Violence?

President Biden urged Congress to pass a new one. But many are skeptical that the criminal justice system can offer a solution.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #debatable, #hate-crimes, #law-and-legislation

Attacks Against Asian New Yorkers: What to Know

A rash of assaults came on a weekend when hundreds gathered to protest a yearlong surge of attacks and hate crimes.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hate-crimes, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Atlanta Massacre and the Media’s Morality Plays

Journalists should give readers the facts, not play to fears.

#atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #mass-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states