Asian Mother Punched While Walking to an Anti-Hate Rally in NYC
March 22, 2021
NEW YORK CITY—A 37-year-old Asian woman and her daughter were on their way to an anti-Asian violence protest on Sunday, March 21 around 11:37 a.m., and was violently attacked, according to the NYPD.
The suspect, described as an African-American male around 6’1 tall, 200 pounds, slim build, and carrying a green backpack asked the Asian woman for the sign she was holding. The Asian woman handed the sign over, thinking he was a fellow protestor. However, he began destroying the sign.
When she asked him to stop, he hit her twice in the face, so she chased him.
“He was destroying the sign and trying to put it in the trash can, so I walked forward and towards him saying, ‘What are you doing?’ And he just came in front of me and punched me in the face, and then I think I stopped for a little bit, and then I chased him. And there were some people around as well, and I just wanted to get him and call the police,” the victim said to ABC 7.
“Just the last few days there were two women attacked, an elderly man attacked simply because of who they are,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “This is just something that sickens me and it angers me and we will deal with it aggressively.”
Several Good Samaritans did rush to the woman and child’s aid and managed to get cell phone video of the attacker.
Nearly half of the African-American population believes the attacks on Asian-Americans are either 1) propaganda and/or 2) caused by white supremacy. Therefore, Asian-Americans protesting against racism geared toward their communities angers large segments of the African-American population because they believe it takes attention away from their communities.