I am angry. Fed up. Saddened. Outraged.
Yes, there’s heatbreaking violence happening between Russia and Ukraine right now.
But there is also horrific violence happening RIGHT HERE, on our own soil, to our own citizens, RIGHT NOW, and not a single word is being spoken about it, and not a single thing is being done about it.
I’m talking about the unspeakable violence that is being committed against Asian-Americans — particularly women and the elderly.
If this is the first you’ve heard it this, it’s because there is absolutely zero news coverage about it.
And that infuriates me. And it infuriates my Filipino boyfriend. And it breaks my hearts to see what the Asian American community is silently grappling with: fear.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, March 2020, there have been over 10,000 hate crimes committed against Asian Americans. The majority occurring in large cities like New York City and San Francisco.
Yesterday – March 16 – was the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta Spa Shootings, where a lone gunman went on a shooting spree at three Atlanta spas, killing eight people, six of them Asian women.
And on that same day, one year later, not only was Asian American actress, Karen Fukuhara, assaulted in a hate crime where she was struck in the head by a man in LA…
But there was also one of the most gut-wrenching attacks on a 67 year old Asian woman in New York City. This elderly woman was entering her apartment building when a burly, 42 year old man, followed her into the building, yelled a racial Asian slur, and then brutally attacked her, pummeling her 127 in the head and fact, and kicking her, stomping her, and spitting on her.
There are no words. No. words. can give justice to the gravity of the horrific, hateful nature of such a terrible act of deliberate violence.
And where’s the news coverage? Hmm?
WHERE IS IT?
After this brutal attack earlier this week, hundreds of Asian women and elderly lined up around the block in Chinatown to buy pepper spray. Hundreds and hundreds of women, braving the cold to stand in line for the only defense tool they can get their hands on. Because the threat of violence is real. Of the 10,905 incidents of Asian hate crimes, 60% were reported by women. The threat on their lives is real.
It’s real on the subway. On the subway platforms. Walking on the sidewalk. Going into an apartment building. Carrying groceries. These attacks are unprovoked. They are out of nowhere. It is a culture of violence in pandemic proportions.
Dating my special gentleman has really opened my eyes to this injustice. It’s hard for me to even fathom that people could harbor hatred in their hearts, not to mention enough hatred to provoke a person to attack another human being for no reason. It is unfathomable to me.
My man follows several Asian instagram accounts that share in real-time, the attacks on Asian Americans across the country. And it seems like every day, he’s telling me about another attack here, and there, and one closer to home — Not a single one of them is covered by the news.
Where is the accountability?
The last two years have been an absolute nightmare, politically. We are watching this administration absolutely destroy this country, one moronic decision at a time. And topping off that list – is Biden’s calamitous decision to defund the police.
Why should we be at all surprised that the majority of these hate crimes are happening in New York City — when the New York Police Department’s budget was cut by ONE BILLION DOLLARS?!
New York City has become a cesspool of crime and debauchery. The subways are just down right dangerous anymore. Just yesterday, a man was slashed in the face while waiting for a train — unprovoked. The assailant fled and is on the loose. In just one weekend in February, there were 8 assaults, one of which was a stabbing. Major crime in the subways is up 81% from last year, and robberies have more than doubled.
Homelessness is out of control. With people living on the subways. There are homeless people taking over the sidewalks as their home. The photo below is on my running route. This homeless living tent has literally taken over this once, cute little park bench oasis. It has been there for over 5 months. No police have come to do anything about it. Nothing.
The absolute crap that our men in blue took during the pandemic – it’s a wonder that we have ANY cops left at ALL!! With record breaking numbers of police officers simply retiring early, or quitting. I mean, wouldn’t you? After two years of being told you’re corrupt, racist, a pig, and figuratively spit on every which way to Sunday, heck, I’d say enough’s enough too.
And who’da thunk that when you take away law enforcement…that crime would spike!? Hmm, you’d think that the two were related!!
Oh my gosh it just makes me want to scream.
And these innocent Asian American people are the ones literally taking the brunt of those consequences.
I hope this post makes you angry, too. Because while we’re all changing our profile photos, and waving Ukrainian flags, and doing this, that, and the other for another country that is halfway around the world — which granted, is important — let us not forget the terrible violence that is happening RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA TO AMERICAN CITIZENS.
Where is the concern for them? Where are their champions coming to defend them? Where is their outcry of support? Where are the people speaking out, “standing in solidarity” for them? Has anyone in Congress ever worn one of their flags? Or worn their colors? Where are the news stories?
WHY DOES NO ONE CARE?
It’s gotta start somewhere.
Let it start right here. With you and me.
Awareness is the key. And if you didn’t know, now you do. Tell people. Start searching for these terrible stories on the Internet. Because they’re out there. They’re just hidden as a one-line mention on the back page of the publication.
They need advocates. People to speak up and demand, not only coverage on this injustice, but an end to the violence. Demanding that the perpetrators be held to the highest penalty of the law for these assaults. And demanding an environment where Asian American women can feel safe to walk home without having to carry pepper spray, fearing for their lives.
The time is now.
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