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Seattle’s first Asian mayor cuts anti-Asian hate crime fund by 50 percent

  • Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has reportedly slashed nearly 50% of the city’s anti-Asian hate crime fund as a consequence of a $140 million deficit.
  • The fund will be reduced to $166,000 from more than $300,000, according to the mayor’s 2023 budget proposal.
  • Even with the deficit, the city will allot funds to new programs, including $1 million for a controversial gun detection system.
  • Attacks against Asian Americans persist in Seattle, with the most recent reported case involving feces being thrown at the home of an Indian American Seattle City Councilmember.
  • National coalition Stop AAPI Hate said the defunding “sends a message that our community's needs are not important” and that investing in community organizations is “not a priority” for Harrell’s administration.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has reportedly slashed nearly 50 percent of the city’s anti-Asian hate crime fund, raising concerns that the issue has fallen out of priority.

Harrell, the first Asian American elected into the position, defended the cut as being a result of a $140 million deficit, according to The Stranger. However, he also seeks to fund new initiatives, including $1 million for a gunfire detection system that has sparked controversy for years.

SF DA Jenkins to Asian Americans at town hall: ‘You are now seen and heard’

  • San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins addressed a crowd on Tuesday night to discuss the recent attacks on older Asian Americans. 
  • “I come to you as a sign of change,” Jenkins was quoted as saying. “You’ve been struggling with feeling unheard and unseen... by the San Francisco D.A.’s Office. You are now seen, and you are now heard.”
  • Jenkins, who was appointed to the position just over a month ago, is running for re-election in November.
  • During her speech, Jenkins earned applause while pausing periodically to allow a translator to convey her message to those who do not speak English.
  • According to Jenkins, she would send a message that “this type of conduct is no longer tolerated in San Francisco” by holding people accountable for crimes against Asian American residents.
  • Police Chief Bill Scott acknowledged that attacks against Asian Americans in the city had been going on for over two-and-a-half years.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins earned several rounds of applause as she spoke out against the recent attacks on older Asian Americans during a town hall on Tuesday.

The town hall was organized so that concerned residents could speak and air their grievances directly to local officials in the wake of the latest wave of violence in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Airbnb hosts with ‘distinctively Asian names’ received fewer bookings during pandemic years, study shows

  • The rise of anti-Asian hate amid the spread of COVID-19 in 2020 resulted in fewer bookings for Asian American hosts on Airbnb, a Harvard study published on Aug. 3 suggested.
  • The study, titled “Scapegoating and Discrimination in Times of Crisis: Evidence from Airbnb,” was based on New York City data sourced from the website Inside Airbnb.
  • Researchers found that Airbnb hosts with “distinctively Asian names” encountered a 12 percent decrease in guests compared to hosts with “White-sounding names” after January 2020.
  • The study posits that the ability to view the names and profile photos of hosts on the online house-sharing platform made it “easier for users to discriminate.” 
  • In response to the new study, Airbnb stated that “measuring race based on name does not paint a full or accurate picture. Many hosts who would identify as Asian may not have ‘distinctively Asian names’ and therefore would not be included in the analysis.” 

The rise of anti-Asian hate amid the spread of COVID-19 in 2020 has resulted in fewer bookings for Asian American hosts on Airbnb, as suggested by a recent study. 

The new Harvard University study, titled “Scapegoating and Discrimination in Times of Crisis: Evidence from Airbnb,” revealed that Asian American hosts on the online home-sharing platform received fewer bookings than hosts of other ethnic backgrounds in the year anti-Asian sentiment was on the rise.

‘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.