Desk Report (Channel TT) Hate crimes involving Asian-American victims soared in New York City last year. Officials are grappling with the problem even as new incidents occur. Residents and local leaders joined together in lower Manhattan on Saturday afternoon to denounce anti-Asian attacks, which have increased in the city and nationwide during the pandemic.
The “Rise Up Against Asian Hate” rally at Foley Square included Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Chuck Schumer, state Attorney General Letitia James and mayoral candidate Andrew Yang.
The event was organized by the Asian American Federation and brought hundreds of people out.
“All of us must stand together with no space between us, shoulder to shoulder, brother to brother, sister to sister,” James said. “Blacks and whites and Asians and Latinos. All of us must say, ‘no hate, no fear.’”
James led demonstrators in a brief chant and called for extra patrols to keep Asian-Americans safe. The speakers called for people to unite and “rise up” to defend Asian communities in the city and beyond.
“Bigotry against any of us is bigotry against all of us,” Schumer said.
The rally was held not far from the location in Chinatown where a 36-year-old Asian man was stabbed and critically injured on Thursday night. A 23-year-old man from Brooklyn was arrested in the attack.