I was stunned by the fact that in New York City, the racial category comprised of people with Asian and Pacific Islander heritage were the only group that had an increase, in percentage and in raw numbers, as crime victims. Comparing the NYPD reports from 2008 to 2014, revealed that this was the case in every single category of crime (links to NBC.com “Concerns Raised Over Reported Rise in Crime Against Asian Americans in NYC”).
The most serious among these crime categories include,
- Assault (both Felonious and Misdemeanor)
- Larceny (Grand and Petit).
God Bless America. That is, unless you had an ancestor from Asia in which case… God help you because it’s gonna be a rough ride. Even the President thinks so. If a City with the resources and ingenuity of NYC could not help 13% of its denizens for the past six or seven years, and Congress had to speak to them to light a fire under their asses, then frankly, the outlook is pretty bleak anywhere else… maybe everywhere else.
On February 3, 2016, several of New York’s members of the U.S. Congress addressed the NYPD by letter, which provided in part that,
“Asian/Pacific Islander” was the only category for which the percentage of victims increased for every type of crime. The data comes from yearly reports compiled by the NYPD between 2008 and 2014 that categorize victims, suspects and arrestees according to race or ethnicity.
The letter in its entirety follows:
(My thanks goes out to the letter’s signers for taking an active role in protecting their neighbors and friends from homicide, sex assault, theft, and other crimes.)
I must admit, for their reputation as being progressive and socially aware, I didn’t think New Yorkers would have so many (anti-Asian) racists among them. I would have guessed based on personal experience, and I’ve worked in a lot of cities and towns across seven states, that places with fewer Asian folks or places with poorly educated people would be holding the dishonor of such a racial trend in crimes.
I’m going to repeat some advice from a prior post that’s relevant here…
Asian fellas [& ladies], I’d suggest hitting the gym and joining a dojo. Become a badass. Learn to defend yourself. Keep true to your values – be kind, dignified, and act honorably. But if you’re being attacked, incapacitate that racist fuck.
These two guys maybe help my point of view…
-“Chino” (Scroll down to the second video.)
(A nod and thank you to the aznidentity subreddit for the link.)