The 61-year-old Filipino American said: “When I was attacked on the subway, there were many New Yorkers around, but no one came to help me and no one was making a video.”
“I am afraid that I will not succeed…. We are all New Yorkers, and we should beware of each other.”
New Yorker Quintana said that February 3 attacked city leaders, Asian Americans and their supporters who participated in the “rising anti-Asian hatred” rally on Saturday at Foley Square.
“Stop Asian hatred!” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told the crowd. “This is the message we must convey, not only in New York City, but throughout the United States: Stop Asian hatred! Stop now!”
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat in New York, told the crowd that signs of violence surged in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Schumer said: “Unfortunately, these warnings have become reality, and the entire Asian American community in New York and across the country has become a target of discrimination and harassment based on race.
New York Attorney General Letitia James encouraged individuals at the rally to report hate crimes to her office.
James said: “Come to my office, we can report these people who hate us so that we can shut them down. Any attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”
New York City resident Pearl Sun attended the rally, but did not speak to the crowd. She told CNN that she now needs to be vigilant when walking on city streets.
She said: “I have to tell you that I walked out the door, prepared myself, prepared myself.” “I made sure not to listen to music when I walked. I no longer listen to podcasts… I want to make sure I Pay attention to everything happening around you.”
“I think the last government’s remarks are absolutely the catalyst for all these factors. Anti-Asian sentiment has always existed, and we have had many legislations that did not benefit us: Japanese detention camps, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
“This is an ongoing situation, but the previous remarks exaggerated all his hatred, calling it the Kung Fu flu virus and the Chinese virus. Sadly, this seems to be an easy target for us.”
Sun said that such rhetoric exacerbated hatred, especially when it involved elderly Asian Americans.
Sun said: “They were unprepared and very timid. It irritated me, and it really irritated me.”
City resident Will Lex Ham (Will Lex Ham) said many of his families live in fear and anxiety. He said that the resources that Asian communities receive do not match the proportions of the population of cities, states, and countries.
Ham said: “We are just tired. We are tired of being replaced by the many problems of the pandemic. We are tired of being ignored.”
Reports of attacks on the rise
The rally was hosted by the Asian American Alliance, an umbrella organization that advocates for better policies and services for Asian Americans.
The Federation stated that “by 2020, there will be nearly 500 incidents of prejudice or hate crimes involving verbal, physical assault, coughing or spitting, and avoiding other forms of discrimination.”
According to AAF, these figures were collected by AAF, the advocacy organization Stop AAPI (Asian Pacific Islanders), the New York Police Department and the New York City Human Rights Commission.
“However, these are only a small part of the actual incidents, because most incidents are not reported. For example, more than 90% of the reports collected by the AAF are not reported to the NYPD or NYC Human Rights Commission,” AAF said in a press release.