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‘You f*cking ch*nk piece of sh*t!’: New York state Sen. John Liu receives anti-Asian voicemail

New York State Sen. John Liu shared a racist, expletive-laden voicemail that allegedly greeted him when he came to work on Monday, showing that even elected officials are not spared from being the targets of anti-Asian slurs.

Liu, who is Taiwanese American, purportedly received the message in his Queens office from a seemingly disgruntled constituent, who claimed that Liu had lost his vote over a “video from the park.”

Serial offender who punched Asian senior over 125 times in New York indicted on hate crime charges

  • Tammel Esco, the 42-year-old man arrested for allegedly punching a 67-year-old Filipino American woman in March, was arraigned on Tuesday and held without bail.
  • Esco has been indicted on multiple hate crime charges, including attempted second-degree murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime.
  • He was arrested shortly after the March 11 attack on the Filipino woman in the lobby of her apartment building on Riverdale Avenue in Yonkers, New York.
  • The attack, which was caught on surveillance footage, showed Esco punching the victim’s head and face over 125 times.

The New York man who was arrested for allegedly punching a 67-year-old Filipino American woman in March has been indicted on multiple hate crime charges.

Tammel Esco, 42, was arraigned on Tuesday and held without bail, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday.

Identity of man who made anti-Asian remark, bumped into 62-year-old in Flushing sought by NYPD

  • The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man accused of hurling anti-Asian remarks at a 62-year-old Asian victim at a Mobil gas station at 147-10 Northern Blvd. in Flushing, Queens, on July 5.
  • Authorities said the victim was walking to the gas station when the man bumped into him and told him, “Hey, you cut me off. F*cking Asian people.”
  • On Wednesday, the police released an image of the suspect, who they believe was driving a white Honda CR-V SUV.
  • He was described as a man with a dark complexion, a thin mustache and close-cut hair wearing a black T-shirt, two-tone shorts and white sneakers.
  • The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is now investigating the incident as a case of aggravated harassment.

The New York City Police Department has released an image of the man accused of hurling an anti-Asian remark at an Asian victim at a gas station in Flushing, Queens, last week.

Authorities responded to a call made at a Mobil gas station at 147-10 Northern Blvd. in Flushing on July 5. According to the NYPD, the 62-year-old victim was walking to the gas station when the man bumped into the victim and told him, “Hey, you cut me off. F*cking Asian people.”

Asian woman kicked in the hip, told to ‘get out of this country’ in NYC attack

  • The New York City Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a man who allegedly kicked a 57-year-old woman in the hip after yelling, "Get out of this country, bitch," in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood on Tuesday.
  • The incident reportedly occurred on West 16th St. near 10th Avenue in Chelsea at around 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.
  • The victim did not need medical assistance following the alleged attack, according to reports.
  • The NYPD released an image of the suspect on Wednesday and is also offering a reward of up to $3,500.

An Asian woman allegedly received xenophobic remarks and was kicked in the hip during an unprovoked attack in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood on Tuesday.

The incident reportedly occurred on West 16th St. near 10th Avenue in Chelsea at around 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.

Ordinarily Visible: Am I the next target of an anti-Asian hate crime?

I clenched onto my pepper spray with my right hand in the pocket of my puffer jacket as I held onto the cold, metal pole of a subway train with my left hand. I kept my head down, occasionally looking up to scan the people filling the R train at every stop. 

I didn’t do anything wrong, but why do I constantly feel like I have to exist while also appearing nonexistent? Like a flattening lump of old chewing gum becoming one with the subway floor or a crumpled brown paper bag under the subway seats — something so ordinarily visible that it becomes unnoticeable. 

Ice Cube’s alleged anti-Asian, anti-Semitic past resurfaces after news of NFL partnership

  • The NFL recently announced its partnership with Ice Cube’s economic equity initiative Contract With Black America (CWBA) Institute.
  • The partnership will focus on “identifying league-wide opportunities in the financial, tech, and production sectors, with a concentration on increasing spending to Black business nationwide to help close America’s racial and economic wealth gap.”
  • Ice Cube, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson, has come under fire over the years for alleged anti-Semitic and anti-Asian lyrics in his 1991 songs “No Vaseline” and “Black Korea.”
  • Ice Cube most recently drew flak for posting tweets in support of religious leader Louis Farrakhan, who has called Jews “wicked deceivers” and compared them to “termites.”
  • To date, Ice Cube has reportedly not apologized for the controversies and has threatened to sue journalists who referred to him as “anti-Semitic.”

Critics have called attention to Ice Cube’s alleged anti-Asian and anti-Semitic past following the NFL’s announcement of its partnership with the rapper’s Contract With Black America (CWBA) Institute, an economic equity initiative.

The NFL, which has been aiming to boost its work with Black-owned businesses, announced the partnership on June 30. The collaboration is set to focus on “identifying league-wide opportunities in the financial, tech, and production sectors, with a concentration on increasing spending to Black business nationwide to help close America’s racial and economic wealth gap.”

Highland Park parade shooter posted anti-Asian, anti-Black sentiments days before July 4 massacre

  • Authorities discovered Robert Crimo, the 21-year-old man who opened fire and killed seven people and injured 40 more during the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, had posted anti-Black and anti-Asian sentiments days before the incident.
  • Crimo made the remarks on Documenting Reality, a forum where members share graphic images and videos of death and gore.
  • Posting under the moniker “Awake47,” on June 28, Crimo wrote, “I say we just get rid of the blacks altogether.” Crimo made another post days after the anti-Black sentiment on July 2, writing, “(Asian people) should be gassed then washed.”
  • “This is not something we’ve ever had to deal with. He was a member of the site as well as other sites,” Documenting Reality founder and site moderator Chris Wilson told the New York Post. “I think what happened is horrendous and I am cooperating fully with law enforcement officials.”
  • Authorities have also found some alarming content from Crimo's past online activity, including sharing a picture of Budd Dwyer, a politician who killed himself during a live press conference, and pictures of his “teenage” sex doll named Sophie.

Robert Crimo, the 21-year-old man who opened fire and killed multiple people during the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, posted anti-Asian and anti-Black sentiments days before the incident.

During the investigation, authorities unearthed some of Crimo’s past online activity, including his posts on Documenting Reality, a forum where members share graphic images and videos of death and gore.

University of Wisconsin-Madison faces another anti-Asian attack

  • Less than a month after two of its Chinese students suffered physical attacks, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is dealing with yet another anti-Asian incident, according to reports.
  • An Asian staff member was running on Lakeshore Path near Lot 60 when a man inside a car began yelling racial slurs at him.
  • After hurling racist abuse, the aggressor got out of his vehicle and approached the staff member, who then ran out of fear.
  • The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Tom N. Gbean of Oswego, Illinois. He has no affiliation with UW-Madison.
  • The incident follows attacks on a doctoral student and an undergraduate student on June 14. Both students were of Chinese descent.

Less than a month after two of its Chinese students suffered physical attacks, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is dealing with yet another anti-Asian incident, according to reports.

This time, an Asian staff member was running on Lakeshore Path near Lot 60 on July 4 when a man inside a car began yelling racial slurs at him.

Man accused of ‘hacking’ Johnston & Murphy’s Instagram has no ties to the company, senior exec confirms

  • Jerome Basilio, who is accused of hacking into Johnston & Murphy’s Instagram account, is not affiliated with the company, according to a senior executive.
  • The footwear brand sparked outrage on Wednesday night after several Instagram users exposed racist, anti-Asian comments and messages they had received from its verified account.
  • In a parting message, the person behind the account stated that they were going to claim that it was “hacked” and identified their personal account as “@JeromeBasilio.”
  • Shortly after the chaos, Johnston & Murphy released a statement saying that their Instagram account had been “compromised.”
  • Basilio has vehemently denied the allegation and any association with the company, adding that he himself has been targeted by hackers.
  • Jason Wong, who received most of the racist messages, said he does not believe Basilio was behind the attacks.

A senior executive at Johnston & Murphy has confirmed to NextShark that the man accused of “hacking” into the company’s verified Instagram account is not and has never been affiliated with them.

The alleged hacking, which rattled Instagram on Wednesday night, resulted in racist, anti-Asian comments and messages sent to several Asian users on the platform. In a statement, the footwear brand said its account had been “compromised” and apologized for having posted offensive content.

Queens pizzeria owner, father honored as heroes for trying to stop attack on Asian American woman

Queens heroes honored
  • Louie’s Pizzeria owner Louie Suljovic was presented with a proclamation and certificate of congressional recognition at a special event on Friday to honor his and his father's bravery after they intervened to help a 61-year-old Asian woman facing three robbers in Queens, New York City, on March 26.
  • “Without hesitation and without thinking twice, they sprang into action — putting themselves in harm’s way to save her,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), who presented the award, said. “They are true heroes, and I and so many throughout Queens and the rest of New York City just want to say thank you and salute their selflessness and bravery.”
  • “Not all heroes wear capes, but you and your dad are heroes,” Queens Borough President Donovan Richards said.
  • Suljovic and his father were stabbed while trying to save Eun Hee Chang from a group of robbers outside their establishment. Both Suljovic and Chang were stabbed once during the confrontation, while Suljovic’s father was stabbed nine times.

The 37-year-old owner of a pizzeria in Queens, New York City, and his 68-year-old father were honored for their bravery and heroism at an event last week.

Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), presented Louie Suljovic with a proclamation and certificate of congressional recognition for trying to save Eun Hee Chang, 61, from three robbers on March 26.