Graffiti vandals damaged two anti-Asian hate murals in the Los Angeles area, CBS LA reports.
“It breaks my heart to learn that during the AAPI Heritage Month the County-commissioned MariNoami Anti-Asian murals, which were installed at the National Asian Pacific America Families Against Substance Abuse office in Alhambra and the Don Knabe Community Regional Park in Cerritos last year, were vandalized — the former with a hateful slur,” Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said.
One of those murals came to life after an assault on a Filipino American man last year in June.
“This park was the site of a vicious attack,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn last year during the mural dedication. “Right here in Cerritos, right here in a county park.”
Cesar Echano told Spectrum News1 that the attacker came after him as he and his wife took a walk.
“He told me, ‘You don’t belong here and go back to your country.’ he started yelling a lot of profanity.”
The couple did their best to ignore the man, but he followed them even as they entered their car. The assailant opened the car door and punched Echano.
“I just saw fists,” he said. “It happened so quickly. I tried reaching for my phone to take a picture of him, but I couldn’t get to it.”
The slur has been removed.
“Hate will not be tolerated here,”said Solis. “Hate will be removed when seen and replaced with education and respect for all.”
The murals include images of Grace Lee Boggs, George Takei, Margaret Cho, Yuri Kochiyama and many other notable Asian Americans.
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Why didn’t the guy fight back?