ABC reporter CeFaan Kim was accosted with racial slurs while reporting on Jewish Hasidic schools open in a Brooklyn “red zone” on Tuesday.
Kim was on scene at one of the schools, Bais Yaakov D’Chassidei Gur on 51st St. in Midwood, to report on the “blatant violation of state executive order,” when a man in a blue jacket from the community approached and yelled slurs.
According to Kim, the man identified as Hasidic Jewish and called the reporter “chinky” seven times, while going on “about his feelings about Chinese people.”
“Come here ch**ky… Let me give you a little corona,” he said, claiming he had the virus.
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EXCLUSIVE: This after we found Jewish Hasidic schools open today in Brooklyn; a blatant violation of state executive order. Last week a mob lit masks on fire, beat a photographer, and allegedly attacked a journalist. The man who called me “chinky” 7 times identified himself as Hasidic Jewish. He went on about his feelings about Chinese people. For the record, I’m an American born and raised, served my country, and I’m of Korean descent. The 2nd man seen in that incident recording us, when I asked him repeatedly if he condones “chinky” he said to me “it’s a free country we can say whatever we want.”
The man in the dark gray hoodie recording on his phone condoned the slurs, saying, “It’s a free country we can say whatever we want.”
The school, being in the red zone, is prohibited from opening and any non-essential mass gathering can be fined $15,000.
Last week, crowds of Orthodox Jewish men lit fires to masks on the streets in a protest over the restrictions. They reportedly beat “dissenters” who disagreed, according to Gothamist.
A Jewish Insider journalist was chased and assaulted verbally and physically that night, Vice reported.
Some of these videos circulating from last night in Borough Park are pretty incredible.
At least when the lockdowns were done by zip code, people understood that, even if imperfect. Now, Orthodox Jews feel their neighborhoods are being singled out. pic.twitter.com/AzkeL3nyw8
— Zack Fink (@ZackFinkNews) October 7, 2020
Kim’s followers have since appeared on his social media platforms to express their support for his coverage including Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens), fellow reporters and assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou.
Disgusting language. Racism is never the solution especially when you’re accusing others of being discriminatory. Thanks @CeFaanKim for your service to America and to NYC. @ABC https://t.co/xmtI378tON
— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) October 14, 2020
I’m sorry that happened to you. So sad when those who have tasted bias and hate themselves turn it against others. #StopTheHate
— Kristen Sze ABC7 (@abc7kristensze) October 14, 2020
Disgusting behavior. Of the 613 commandments in the Torah, I think this violates about ten of them.
— Rob Tannenbaum (@tannenbaumr) October 14, 2020
— New York State Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou (@AMYuhLineNiou) October 14, 2020
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