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Hate flyers targeting Chinese Americans posted in Brooklyn

Asian Americans in Brooklyn say they are dismayed, but not surprised about the anti-Chinese flyers being plastered in South Brooklyn.

The flyers read “Chinese are destroying Bay Ridge…coronavirus spread by Chinese immigrants.” It blames the Chinese for ruining the housing stock, opening dirty Chinese restaurants and running prostitution from massage parlors.

“It’s not enough to just remove these postings,” Jade Jiang, a local resident, said to the Brooklyn Reporter. “We can’t just sweep it under the rug and hope people eventually do better. I’ve reached out to the councilman and senator as well. I think it’s a shame that people are more and more brazen with their displays of racist attitudes. With so much going right now, this is the least productive thing someone can do.”

The Council of American-Islamic Relations New York chapter also spoke out.

“Ever since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, CAIR-NY has been appalled by the rampant threats, attacks and racist abuse of Chinese and other East-Asian communities in New York City and nationally,” the group said on Facebook. “These hate incidents have now become commonplace, and we find this intensifying language extremely dangerous. CAIR-NY stands in solidarity with the Asian community and calls for an investigation into the origins of this poster.”

Jiang hopes some good comes out of the bad.

“I think it’s more important to have a conversation and learn through our differences,” she said. “More often than not, people learn that we actually have much more in common and find much common ground.”

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