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Leaders throughout Sacramento are speaking out to condemn acts of anti-Asian hate in the city, Capital Public Radio reports.
In February, a white man wearing a “Stand With The Flag” walked into Mad Butcher Meat Company in South Sacramento, owned by the Shum family. He paid for his items in cash and then left a dead cat in the parking lot outside of the store.
Kelly Shum, the owner of Mad Butcher Meat Company, said her family business has been harassed multiple times throughout the pandemic.
“For the last year, all we’ve gotten is calls about Chinese people butchering cats, dogs and bats,” Shum told Capital Public Radio. “And when someone drops off a mangled, bloody cat on my doorstep, you’re sending a message to me and the whole Asian community about how you feel about us.”
Leaders in Sacramento came together on Tuesday at a press event to condemns acts of anti-Asian hate. Sacramento City Councilmember Mai Vang, who represents the neighborhood where Mad Meat Butcher Company is located, attended the event to support the Shum family and to address the rise in anti-Asian hate throughout the country.
Vang said she will also introduce a resolution to the City Council condemning anti-Asian hate, according to The Sacramento Bee.
“I want to affirm to our Asian American community, our businesses, our families, our elders, that you are not alone,” Vang said, according to The Bee. “We are not alone, and we are here together to say we will not be targets of any form of hate.”
Sacramento Mayor Daryl Steinberg also spoke out against anti-Asian hate.
“You attack the Asian Pacific Islander community, you attack all of us,” Steinberg said, according to The Bee.
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