⚠️ WARNING: This video is difficult to see. Another shocking attack in Oakland’s Chinatown. 8th and Harrison Streets. Outside the Asian Resource Center.
There are more than 20 robberies in the neighborhood, according to the president of the Chinatown Chamber. https://t.co/9bo9PzuqiL pic.twitter.com/8h6dkNA1TG
– Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) February 4, 2021
He told the newspaper that he had been part of the chamber for about 35 years and that the number of attacks that had occurred recently was “unknown”. “I understand some business owners don’t want to talk about it – and I understand why – because they’re so afraid that if they say this, customers may not come and patronize them,” said Chan.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf condemned the violence as “a racist target of the Asian community” and apologized to the victims during a press conference with the Chinatown Chamber and police officers on Wednesday. “I cannot imagine the trauma that you, your family, your loved ones, and this entire community are feeling as an echo of this violence,” she said. “We recognize that Oakland is not alone with this recent surge in violent crime.”
She said cities across the country are grappling with an influx of legal and illegal weapons, disruptions to the judicial system, and the suspension of tactics and resources they would normally use but cannot due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Chicago, the number of murders rose more than 50% from 2019 to late 2020, NPR reported. Los Angeles saw murders increase by 30%, and New York City saw nearly 40% more murders committed in 2020 than the previous year, NPR reported. “It’s in part clearly related to the coronavirus and the fact that people are united,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. “And it certainly has to do with the fact that the criminal justice system is on hiatus and that causes a lot of problems.”
Last National Murder Update of 2020:
Murder rose 36.7% in 57 agencies with dates through at least September (though most have dates through November). Murder in 51 out of 57, 37 out of 58 authorities reporting murder by more than 30%.
Table here: https://t.co/vEhKHuFNrY pic.twitter.com/5HgVmwGmDS
– Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) December 29, 2020
Racial attacks on the Asian community have also increased since the pandemic began. Former President Donald Trump repeatedly blamed China for the spread of the coronavirus, despite the fact that the country managed to get the spread of the virus under control much earlier than the United States’ states.
Kelly Yang, a bestselling author for the New York Times, wrote in April last year how she was approached with her children in a dog park in the San Francisco Bay Area. “I’m shaking,” Kelly Yang tweeted after the attack. “I went to the dog park to take my dog for a walk. These people approached me very aggressively [without a mask], called me an oriental and told me to go back to where I come from. ”
I’m shivering. I went to the dog park to take my dog for a walk. These people came up to me very aggressively (without a mask), called me an oriental and told me to go back to where I come from. I asked her not to come up to me anymore, she wouldn’t stop, after all I had to get my camera out. pic.twitter.com/deFxcMBGlN
– Kelly Yang (@kellyyanghk) April 25, 2020
About three months later, in a message that has since been suspended, Trump tweeted on July 20, “We are united in our quest to defeat the invisible China virus, and many people say that wearing a face mask when you are is patriotic.” socially cannot distance. There is no one more patriotic than me, your favorite president! “
Researchers at San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies program found in March last year that since Trump referred to the virus as the “China virus” or “Chinese virus,” there has been increased coverage of discrimination against Asians American. “We have never received so many tips about racism against Asians, ”said the founder of the Asian-American news site NextShark The New York Times. “It’s crazy. My employees have a double duty just to keep up.”
Schaaf called the targeting “hideous”, although she never mentioned Trump by name. She said she plans to appoint a new permanent head of the Oakland Police Department. Then she made an interesting fulcrum that mimicked the guilt of Councilors Nikki Bas and Rebecca Kaplan for a proposal that responded to the community’s needs to reallocate a portion of the police department’s budget to support social services.
“I apologize to your city councilor Bas, but I also have to set the record straight,” Schaaf began. She said she was happy to hear that Bas and Kaplan are now supporting increased police protection in the community. “But I haven’t forgotten that last summer they made a proposal to cut $ 25 million from the Oakland Police Department as a political statement, not for operational or financial reasons. “
The mayor forgot to record the decades-long part of racism and police brutality that sparked a community and national outcry for a more preventive approach to policing called defusing the police. “Oakland residents know exactly what protects us: Housing as a human right, support for mental health and trauma, family-sustaining jobs and worker protection, clean streets and fresh air, and restorative justice to resolve conflict through compassion and healing, not a badge and a gun, ”said Cat Brooks, co-founder of the Counter-Police Terrorism Project, in a statement to the East Bay Times. “In other words, WE protect ourselves.”
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