On Thursday, Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) called out Daily Mail on Twitter for using a photo of her and her family in an article about a different Asian American family.
— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) August 26, 2021
Wrong Asians: Meng’s picture, which showed her husband and two sons, somehow ended up as the main photo in a Daily Mail story that involved a Korean American man and his kids allegedly getting racially harassed by a white couple.
- Meng tweeted a screenshot of the article and asked for the publication to correct the image.
- Daily Mail has since removed Meng’s photo from the article.
- Twitter users blasted the online publication for not being able to tell Asians apart.
This is reprehensible!! So sorry that you and your family are on receiving end of such irresponsible reporting Congresswoman.
— Melissa Mark-Viverito (@MMViverito) August 26, 2021
— Rachel Sabella (@RachelS23) August 26, 2021
Wow! Do we all look alike?
— Tina Choi (@TinaChoi1) August 26, 2021
This is the 5th or 6th time in the past 2 years I’ve seen journalists use random pictures of AAPI. No joke.
— The Zinger (Michael, 김두산, 金斗山) (@Zen_Zinger) August 26, 2021
Man in the story: Michael Kim, a 42-year-old single father, and his two sons, who are 9 and 5 years old, were on the receiving end of an alleged racist verbal attack while on vacation in New York’s Fire Island on Aug. 18, which NextShark previously reported on.
@sporock##Fireisland isn’t for ##Asian people according to ##Ken and ##Karen ##racism♬ original sound – sporock
- According to Kim, the couple intervened after he scolded his sons, which resulted in a verbal argument.
- The woman allegedly flagged down a Public Safety vehicle and accused Kim of abusing his children.
- “My older son immediately told the officer that the allegation was completely untrue,” Kim said. “The public safety officer drove away without taking any action — because there was no reason to.”
- The woman allegedly continued to condemn Kim and even tried inviting passersby to join her in doing so.
- Kim, who is Korean American, said he began filming when the man started making racially charged statements, such as “This isn’t China.”
- In the video he posted on social media, Kim can be heard telling the couple to leave them alone.
- Meng’s connection to the incident is that she shared Kim’s video on Twitter and commented on the incident on Aug. 22.
So 🤬 sick of constantly being questioned of where we’re from or why we’re here. Secret’s out: they’re letting Asians and other POC onto Fire Island and other nice places too. Disgusting smirk on her face like she thinks she’s more American than this family. https://t.co/S2qafSc5XO
— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) August 22, 2021
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