What's wrong with these people?
*Updated on April 7, 2021, at 2:35 p.m. (MT):
According to CNN.com, the two doormen who closed their building doors after witnessing an Asian woman being violently attacked were terminated from their jobs. The alleged attacker, Brandon Elliott, was arrested on assault and hate crime charges. The victim, Vilma Kari, a 65-year old Filipina American, suffered from serious injuries which included contusions and a fractured pelvis, according to the NYPD. She was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.
Kari's daughter, Elizabeth, set up a GoFundMe page to assist with her mother's recovery and to support the AAPI community. As of Thursday evening, it has raised more than $172,000.00.
The violence against Asians in New York City continues, according to CNN.com:
The NYPD recorded 31 anti-Asian hate crimes in the city so far this year, compared to zero this time last year.
A recent "Stop Asian Hate" rally in NYC, drew a large crowd walking the streets and chanting, with the likes of Rihanna. She was veiled so she was unknown to most, but she marched, danced, and chanted along with her assistant, Tina Truong, and the rest of the crowd in solidarity with the AAPI community.
Fox5 in New York shared a disturbing video of a 65-year-old Asian woman violently attacked—kicked in the stomach and head by her assailant, while also being verbally assaulted with racial slurs—as building workers at Hell's Kitchen stood by and did nothing. Even after the assailant walked away and the woman was left on the ground, one man inside the building closed the door after seeing her. This incident took place on Monday around 11:40 a.m. in front of 360 West 43 Street.
Most recently, reported by NBC News, "'The victim sustained a serious physical injury and was removed by EMS to NYU Langone Hospital', where she was stable." Hell's Kitchen reports they have suspended the men in the video.
Meanwhile, New York officials, congresswoman are blowing up Twitter:
The racist messages I got were hurtful but so many have been hurt in worse ways to the point of death. Hate incidents against Asian Americans continue to rise. We must speak up and speak out. Our community has run out of ‘nice’. https://t.co/ZwtIq9jGr1— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) February 10, 2021
NYPD says 65-year-old Asian American woman was walking to church this morning when suspect assaulted her and said “f*** you, you don’t belong here.” Happened in front of 360 W. 43rd St. 11:40am. Sources say building security guard not only failed to render her aid... 1/2 pic.twitter.com/ZLtQEHHJci— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) March 30, 2021
This is absolutely disgusting. Asian Americans belong in New York and are an integral part of our city.— Scott Stringer (@scottmstringer) March 30, 2021
We have to continue to speak out, we have to continue to protect our AAPI neighbors, and we have to act immediately to #StopAsianHate. https://t.co/118VqLkq9b
According to STOP AAPI Hate National Report, over 3,795 incidents were received from March 19, 2020, to February 28, 2021. The organization reports that it has already received reports of 503 incidents that occurred in 2021 already, "The number of hate incidents reported to our center represents only a fraction of the number of hate incident that actually occurs, but it does show how vulnerable Asian Americans are to discrimination, and the types of discrimination they face."
The violent crimes continue against Asian Americans, and when people stand by while they witness it and do nothing, they will continue. If you are a victim of a hate crime or you witness one, report the crime at stopaapihate.org.
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