Raising Awareness & Ending Hate Crimes Towards the Asian Community

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Raising Awareness & Ending Hate Crimes Towards the Asian Community

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On February 4, 2021, a 61-year-old Filipino man named Noel Quintana was a victim of a Hate Crime. Quintana was on the Manhattan subway when he was slashed across the face from cheek to cheek. Quintana received countless stitches and was unable to talk for a while. The perpetrator is still at large. Little information has yet to be released. 

On January 28, 2021, an 84-year-old Thai man named Vicha Ratanapakdee was a victim of a Hate Crime. Ratanapakdee was on his morning walk in Anza Vista (San Francisco) Thursday morning when he was brutally attacked by Antoine Watson. In the video, Watson can be seen racing across the street to intentionally and violently shove Ratanapakdee to the ground; his head slammed into the hard pavement. "Ratanapakdee was taken to the hospital for life-threatening injuries and passed away Saturday." Watson is currently pleading not guilty to murder and elder abuse. An innocent man's life was taken away yet Watson still believes he is innocent.

On the evening of July 14, 2020, an 89-year-old woman in Brooklyn was taking a walk when 2 suspects (both later identified as 13-year-olds) approached her. Without saying a word to the victim, one of the teens struck her in the face while the other set her on fire. They were later found and only charged with third-degree assault. On August 4, 2020, NYPD refused to deem this as a hate crime.

On February 26, 2020, an elderly Asian man was seen collecting recyclables in Bayview district (San Francisco) when bullies approached him and started using racial slurs. Then they started to humiliate, assault, and rob him. The elderly Asian man was seen crying throughout the video. The perpetrator was charged with robbery, elder abuse, a probation violation (prior robbery), and a hate crime enhancement. 

This petition is aimed towards bringing awareness and ending the violent and racial attacks towards the Asian community -- especially the vulnerable and elderly members. 

How to take action TODAY:

  • Pressure mainstream media to cover these stories
  • Hold the court system accountable for prosecuting and sentencing the offenders to the appropriate crime(s)
  • Have police departments across the nation recognize and acknowledge Hate Crimes against Asians
  • Encourage victims of hate and racial offenses to report the crime to authorities
  • Attend educational seminars about the Asian community to grasp a better understanding of the issue
  • Recognize the increase in xenophobia
  • Urge witnesses to speak up during and after the incident 
  • Use your platform to share the names of victims 
  • Use your platform to get your friends and family involved