Young protesters add their voices against anti-Asian hate. Photo by Esther Yang
Photos by Esther Yang. Videos by Lillian Bit and Nancy Hung AsAmNews Staff Writers
Hundreds rallied in New York’s Foley Square against anti-Asian hate Saturday.
The rally took place not far from where police accuse a 23-year-old man in the stabbing an Asian man in the back on Thursday. Police at first concluded the attack was not racially motivated, but then changed their minds only to be overruled by prosecutors.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang joined the protesters.
Schumer told the crowd signs began emerging early in the pandemic of a surge in anti-Asian hate incidents.
“Tragically, those warnings came to fruition and the Asian American community, across New York and the country, have been the target of race-based discrimination and harassment,” Schumer said, according to CNN.
The crowd listened attentively as Filipino American Noel Quintana recalled a man attacked him on a New York subway February 3 and no one helped.
AsAmNews reporters Lilian Bit and Nancy Hung produced this video of Quintana’s speech along with Mayor deBlasio and State Attorney General Lititia James.
“This city is yours, this city is ours, this city is every New Yorkers. There is no place for hatred or racism against Asian Americans or anyone else in the city,” NY1 News reported Yang said.
Also joining the rally were Rep Grace Meng (D-NY) and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“People are literally scared to leave their homes,” Meng said, according to the NY Post. “We’ve been taught our entire life to just fit in. Just be quiet, don’t speak up, be invisible. If you are invisible enough you will be seen as American. But we are here to say we will be invisible no more! We will speak up! … We are American, too.”
“We will not accept hatred in New York City! Stop Asian hate. This is the message we have to get out not just in New York City, but all over this country. Stop Asian hate, stop it now,” Mayor de Blasio told the crowd.
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