But Ratanapakdee’s family said the attack was more than an example of someone preying on the vulnerable and elderly
. They called it a hate crime
— despite a lack of evidence pointing solely to anti-Asian bigotry
— and part of a months-long spike in hate and violence against the community.
“This wasn’t driven by economics,” said Eric Lawson, Ratanapakdee’s son-in-law. “This was driven by hate.”
Reports of hate have risen during the pandemic
Though rights groups don’t know the exact cause of the increase in violence against Asian Americans, a clear pattern of targeted hate has emerged in the year the pandemic has decimated US cities.
, Stop AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Hate has received more than
2,800 反アジアの憎悪の直接の報告 47 州とワシントン, DC, since March
In Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood
, 警察は言った a man violently shoved three unsuspecting people on January
31, injuring a 91-year-old man
, a 60-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman
A 28-year-old man was charged with three counts of felony assault for the attacks, according to charging documents. The man was placed on a psychiatric hold February 1 for a separate incident in which he was again assaulting people, the documents state.
より多い 20 assaults and robberies have been reported in Oakland, 当局によると. In Portland, dozens of Asian-owned businesses have been vandalized in recent weeks.
先週, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced the creation of a special response unit focused on crimes against Asians, and particularly older Asians.
“The rapid increase in criminal acts targeted against members of the Asian community, particularly Chinese Americans, who live and work in Alameda County is intolerable,” 彼女は言いました.
A 31-year-old San Francisco resident, Haskell Allen, was arrested Sunday night and booked on charges of aggravated assault with force, elder abuse with great bodily injury, battery with great bodily injury, inflicting great bodily injury on elder during a felony, committing a felony while on pre-trial release, violation of a stay-away order, and injuring a person due to perceived race, 警察は言った.
He was accused of pushing down an 83-year-old Asian man on Sunday morning, causing serious injuries, according to San Francisco police. 被害者, 識別されなかった人, told police he was walking in the city’s Tenderloin District “when an unknown male approached him and without provocation pushed him to the pavement.”
Police said Allen was on probation and had a court order to stay away from the area of the attack. It’s unclear if Allen has an attorney.
Advocates attributed the rise of anti-Asian hate in the US in part to former President Donald Trump
, WHO repeatedly referred to the coronavirus as the “チャイナウイルス” そして “kung flu” during the pandemic
. In some reported hate incidents
, perpetrators repeated the former President’s language
ラッセルと, a professor of Asian-American studies at San Francisco State University, said Trump’s rhetoric has had a lasting and disturbing impact. He decided to chronicle thousands of hate incidents on Stop AAPI Hate because US government agencies weren’t keeping track.
“We needed to document the racism directed towards Asians because mainstream society doesn’t believe that we face racism and we need us to document what was happening and we needed to identify the trends,” 彼は言った.
Jeung said racism and assaults have created “a climate of fear and anxiety” in many Asian American communities.
There is no uniform crime data on anti-Asian incidents connected to the Covid-19 pandemic
. しかしながら, a Pew research study from last June found nearly a third of Asian Americans said they’d been subject to racist slurs or jokes since the pandemic began
26% said they feared someone might physically attack them
Volunteers escort elderly Asian Americans
In the San Francisco Bay area, volunteers have taken to the streets to offer escorts for elderly residents and advice on communicating with law enforcement officers.
“You want to take that rage and … do something,” volunteer Derek Ko said. “And this is what we’re doing.”
Monthanus Ratanapakdee said she was familiar with the hate even before her father was fatally assaulted in late January.
She recalled people saying, “You bring the Covid, screaming, spit[ting] on us … but we just walk away.”
Lawson said the spate of hate incidents and assaults have affected the once teeming streets of mostly Asian American enclaves.
“There’s less people on the street, definitely less Asian people,” 彼は言った. “I’m in Chinatown a lot and it’s been dead… It was starting to pick back up and then … this happened.”
Lawson said Ratanapakdee’s family will be having conversations and looking around the room for him.
“There’s an empty spot in the room,” 彼は言った. “I keep looking over to see if … he’s listening.”
Monthanus Ratanapakdee lamented not being able to say goodbye to her father. But she said he would be proud his family now tells his story in order to protect others in their community.