As anti-Asian hate rises throughout the country, some Americans are coming together to protect their Asian American neighbors, The Los Angeles Times reports.
In Los Angeles, the Si family has repeatedly been harassed by teenagers at their family home. People called them slurs and told them to go back to China.
When their neighbors learned about the harassment, they organized a neighborhood watch. Each night they sit in their driveways or patrol in their cars to keep watch, according to The Los Angeles Times.
“I did not understand the extent of the harassment and how often it was occurring, at first,” Layla Parks, one of the organizers, told The Los Angeles Times. “I was immediately outraged and wanted to help.”
In the California Bay Area, hundreds of people have volunteered to walk elderly Asians home after a rise in attacks. Jacob Azevedo, 26, told CNN he was sickened when he saw the video of an 84-year-old Thai American man fatally shoved on the sidewalk.
Azevedo posted on social media offering to walk Asian people home and soon others joined him.
“I wasn’t intending to be some kind of vigilante,” Azevedo told CNN. “I just wanted to offer people some kind of comfort.”
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