An Asian American woman’s home in San Francisco has become the target of racially motivated vandalism with anti-Asian notes thrown on the property.
The woman, Marie, who did not provide her last name, lives with her family in Sunset District and may have faced the culprit when she walked outside with her infant twins on Oct. 19, according to police.
While trying to get her babies to stop crying, the woman saw a young man approach them without a mask, so she asked him to put one on. He refused and an argument broke out.
“It was quite alarming, he locked eyes with me and immediately started charging up the hill,” the woman told ABC 7.
After a heated exchange, she ran back to her home in fear and her husband rushed outside to scare the man away.
Based on surveillance videos, San Francisco police believe that the same man was responsible for previously throwing a bunch of objects onto the family’s property. They include a plastic water bottle, an egg, a mask and a letter that expressed hate toward Asians.
The letter, which was thrown with the mask, stated, “I wear my mask if I want. F***ING ASIAN (you create the virus).” Meanwhile, the mask also had a written note that said, “Keep American without Asian[s].”
The SFPD described the events as racially motivated and are now conducting an investigation. They urged others with similar experiences to file a report.
Marie wanted the man to seek help and for everyone to be safe. She urged others in similar situations to report their experience.
“It’s really natural to be fearful but if we don’t speak out no one is going to know this is happening and no one can do anything about it,” she said.
Last week, the department formed a new unit under its Community Engagement Division to help racial minorities feel safer.
“With anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes on the rise, this new program will be especially beneficial for our API communities navigating this difficult time,” assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) said, according to KPIX 5.
Many ordinances have been presented to stop hate crimes, including the CAREN Act earlier this year.
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