With Uptick in Crimes Against Asians, Mayor’s ‘Bias Crimes’ Forum is Biased [OP-ED]

Posted on: May 13th, 2020 at 5:03 am by

Photo: Aidan Elias

Did this just happen?

Chinese, and Asians in general, have been the target of xenophobia and racial harassment since the outbreak of Covid-19. Locally in New York City, there have been several attacks that hit the mainstream media, including:

  • A man harassed an Asian straphanger, repeatedly ordering him to move, then sprayed him with Febreze;
  • A group of three teenage girls attacked an Asian woman on a Bronx bus after first verbally abusing her;
  • A 39-year-old woman was attacked with caustic liquid outside her Borough Park home.

Some City elected officials have made announcements to quell the hate and racist attacks, albeit with minimal success. Hence, the founding of the Chinatown Block Watch this month.

In an effort to encourage victims to report incidents, the mayor’s office convened an online panel two weeks ago dedicated to hate crimes.  What followed was a joke. Adding insult to injury, not one of the panelists was of Asian descent and the public was allegedly blocked from the online panel due to the 1,000 “attendee” limit. Frustration was palpable, however, as the seemingly scripted monologue from each panelist occupied all but 15 minutes of the allotted 90-minute forum. Leaving no time for questions.

In a city of over one million Asians, one would think Mayor de Blasio would include an Asian-elected judge or lawyer on this panel, and offer language translation. But, no. True to form, the mayor sticks to his apparent policy of exclusion and ass-backwards approach to running the city.

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