10/21/16 Washington Post: “Why some Asian Americans want to ban this rap song”
By Derek Hawkins
The song “Meet the Flockers” by California-based rapper YG opens with these lines:
“First, you find a house and scope it out. Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.”
Over the following two minutes, YG gives a step-by-step description of a residential robbery: how to scout out the scene, how to break in, and how to discern which items are worth stealing.
10/15/16 bostonese.com: “Protests Against Rapper YG’s Hateful Lyrics Break Out Today, Boston to Hold Protest on Oct 19”
By Xinming Li
Boston, October 15, 2016 – Protests against Rapper YG’s hateful Lyrics in major cities across the nation. Boston will hold a protest when YG is scheduled to have a performance here on Oct. 19.
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance Boston Lodge condemns the cultural form of violence represented by the music video “Meet the Flockers.” This extremely racist video, produced by Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson aka rapper YG, incites and perpetuates racial stereotypes, horrendous violence and despicable crime against Chinese Americans. The lyrics and video blatantly glorifies home invasions on American families.
10/14/16 NBC News: “Rapper YG’s Song ‘Meet the Flockers’ Sparks Protests, Accusations of Targeting Asian Americans”
by Chris Fuchs
Asian Americans protested Wednesday night outside a concert in Maryland, criticizing California rap artist YG for a song whose lyrics talk about burglarizing homes in Chinese neighborhoods.
“It glorifies crime against Asian Americans,” Cliff Li, one of the rally organizers, told NBC News. “We want to say it’s wrong to glorify crime against everybody.”
10/12/16 Fox5DC: “Rapper under fire for song lyrics encouraging robberies against Chinese Americans”
By: Marina Marraco
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Music fans and protesters both gathered at The Fillmore in Silver Spring Wednesday night. The fans were there to see rapper YG perform inside the concert venue while the protesters were outside to denounce some of the rapper’s lyrics.
The controversial lyrics come in the song “Meet The Flockers” that was released two years ago and the protesters are arguing that they are a step-by-step guide to street violence that seem to be directed against the Chinese American community.
7/28/16 NY1 News: “Police Seek Two Women in Alleged Anti-Asian Bias Attack on the Upper West Side”
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating an attack on the subway.
The incident happened aboard a northbound 1 train on the Upper West Side the night of June 26.
Investigators say the women in this surveillance video boarded the train at 86th Street.
One then began screaming and shouting profanities at the 29-year-old victim.
5/26/16 English East Day: “Chinese student beaten in possible hate crime”
Safety concerns were rising among Chinese students after a Chinese woman was brutally beaten in an possible hate crime last week in Tempe, Arizona.
Xiaolin Shi, an undergraduate at Arizona State University, said she was assaulted by a white woman on a train on the way home between 10:30 pm and 11 pm on May 20.
Kalie Rutledge, 22, began yelling slurs like “Bitch, go f—ing back to China” to Shi and her friend after they got on the train and talked in Chinese, Shi told China Daily.
She said the suspect aggressively approached them and continued berating them for a while. As they were about to get off the train at their stop, the suspect came at them and punched Shi in the face.
“I lost consciousness for a few seconds, and then I found myself on the ground with blood all over my face,” Shi said. Her friend was also attacked but didn’t sustain serious injuries.
Shi had a broken bone in her face and swelling to her eye. She said the doctor told her surgery might be necessary, though she was currently in stable condition.
The suspect was arrested by Tempe police that night on a charge of aggravated assault and then booked into Maricopa County Jail. According to Maricopa County court documents, Rutledge was released after an initial appearance on May 24, and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on May 31.
According to the website jail.com, Rutledge was arrested at least 10 times previously on charges including criminal damage, drug paraphernalia use or possession, disorderly conduct and violation of probation.
“It was 100 percent racial hatred, no other reason,” said Shi. “I don’t know her (Rutledge). I’ve never met her before.”
Four months ago in Tempe, another Chinese girl, Yue Jiang, also an international student at Arizona State, was shot dead by a white woman whose car bumped hers while Jiang was driving home from a shopping trip with her boyfriend.
No trial date has been set for Holly Davis, 32, the suspect in Jiang’s case, said Rebecca Wilder, spokeswoman for the Maricopa County District Attorney’s office, who declined to comment on both cases, saying they were pending.
Though police tried to ease fears among Chinese students telling them that Jiang’s case was a “random act of violence”, safety has been a top concern since the shooting.
“At least for a long while, we had been very cautious. Many students talked about buying a gun for protection,” said Kevin Cheng, a Chinese student at Arizona State. “The local Chinese set up a group on WeChat. Sometimes they give lectures on using firearms.”
He said racial tension was not rare where he lived, and he had similar experiences on campus, on the train and while attending an NBA game.
“We wish we could do something to change it, but unfortunately, it seems there’s little we can do but rally to make our voice heard,” Cheng said. “We are talking about a rally at the court when Jiang’s killer stands trial.”
To Christine Liu, a Chinese student at Arizona State who lived close to the location where Jiang was killed, there was not blatant racial prejudice.
“But I can feel the sense of hostility against Asians,” she said.
3/9/16 New York Daily News: “Politicians and community leaders to meet with NYPD to discuss hate crimes against Asian-Americans”
BY Lisa Colangelo
Assemblyman Ron Kim says victims in Asian-American community “felt targeted by the assailants because of their ethnicity yet the attacks were not classified as hate crimes.”
Asian-American leaders, concerned the NYPD takes too long to classify hate crimes against the community, will meet with police officials in Flushing on Thursday at a special public meeting.
Those incidents included the brutal slashing of 16-year-old exchange student JiaJia Liang in December while she walked to school in Queens and the stabbing of playwright David Henry Hwang in Brooklyn in November.
2/6/15: Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old Indian national who was visiting his son in Madison, Alabama, U.S., was seriously injured after being detained by three police officers in a residential neighborhood. Patel had police called on him by a neighborhood resident for alleged suspicious behavior in the neighborhood. Patel did not know how to speak English. There is video footage of the officer slamming Patel to the ground.
2/5/16 NBC News: “Concerns Raised Over Reported Rise in Crime Against Asian Americans in NYC”
by Chris Fuchs
Members of New York’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the New York Police Department (NYPD) expressing concern over what they say is a rise in crime against Asian Americans and urging the department to hire more Asian police officers.
1/14/16 Salon: “Alabama cop paralyzed Indian grandfather; judge throws out case after two racially charged trials”
by Ben Norton
Sureshbahi Patel was walking on the sidewalk outside of his son’s home in an Alabama suburb on the morning of Feb. 6, 2015, minding his own business, when a white police officer approached him, frisked him and threw him to the ground, leaving him paralyzed.
1/26/13 MyFoxNY.com: “Police search for suspect in attacks on Asian-Americans”
by Glenn Wilburn
New York – The NYPD continues the search for the man suspected of attacking Asian-Americans in
East Harlem and parts of the Upper East Side since January 17th.
Authorities say over the past week, the suspect has been assaulting six Asian-American residents
by repeatedly by punching them in the face and head and forcefully removing their property in elevators.
The latest incident took place on Friday when two Asian-American residents were assaulted.
Police say the suspect is described as a light skinned male black or male Hispanic, 6’0″- 6’2″,
200 – 230 lbs and wears a black jacket and a black doo-rag or skull cap.
Crime Stoppers is currently offering up to $2,000 in cash for information leading to the arrest and
indictment of the person responsible for these crimes.
Anyone with information can call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
9/20/12 NBC 10 Philadelphia: “SugarHouse Winners Targeted, 4 Robberies Reported: Cops; One victim,
who is 8 months pregnant, spoke exclusively to NBC10 about the attack that happened after she and her
husband left the casino,”
By Rosemary Connors and Lauren DiSanto
Philadelphia Police tell NBC10 there have been at least four incidents in the past few months where
winners from SugarHouse Casino were robbed after returning home. According to both police and the
victims, the robbers share a similar description and could be specifically targeting Asian casino winners.
The most recent incident happened early Wednesday when two family members were robbed as they
returned home to the 2800 block of Welsh Street.
Another victim, who was robbed early Sunday, is 8 months pregnant. She says she was attacked after
leaving SugarHouse with her husband.
Surveillance video captured by a neighbor’s security camera shows the woman and her husband being
ambushed right after they arrived back home in their Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, says the two men were armed with tasers.
She spent three days in the hospital recovering from her injuries. The woman tells NBC10 she feels
like they were being watched as they cashed out their winnings.
The woman had $8,000 dollars in her purse, along with her mother’s diamond ring that she was
planning to take to the jewelers.
SugarHouse Casino released the following statement late Wednesday night:
“SugarHouse is cooperating fully with police as they investigate the alleged profiling of Asian players.
Nothing is more important than the safety of our guests. With 500 surveillance cameras, we are
providing law enforcement countless photos to quickly apprehend these thugs,” said Wendy Hamilton,
8/6/12 FoxNews.com: “Gunman in Sikh temple identified, was former soldier,”
By Jana Winter
Cudahy, Wis. ï¿½ The man authorities say killed six in a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple before police
shot him was a heavily-tattooed, 40-year-old ex-Army soldier, sources told Fox News, but what
triggered his rampage remains unclear.
6/22/12 New York Times: “Why Vincent Chin Matters,”
by Frank H. Wu
On June 23, 1982, in Detroit, a young man named Vincent Chin died. Four nights earlier, he had
been enjoying his bachelor party with friends at a local bar when they were accosted by two white
men, who blamed them for the success of Japanï¿½s auto industry. ï¿½Itï¿½s because of you weï¿½re out of
work,ï¿½ they were said to have shouted, adding a word that canï¿½t be printed here. The men
bludgeoned Mr. Chin, 27, with a baseball bat until his head cracked open.
6/22/12 AALDEF blog: “Ronald Ebens, the man who killed Vincent Chin, apologizes 30 years later,”
by Emil Guillermo
Ronald Ebens says he’s sorry for the beating death of Vincent Chin on June 19, 1982, 30 years ago
in Detroit. But for many Asian Americans, he can’t say sorry enough.
For the 30th anniversary, after writing about the case for years, I just wanted to hear him express his
regret, so that I could put the case behind me.
So I called him up. And he talked to me.
6/21/12 Wilmington, NC Star News: “Update – Sixth person charged in delivery driver’s murder,”
by Brian Freskos
After shooting Zhen Bo Liu on a dark Wilmington street, the gunmen stole his food delivery of
chicken wings and shrimp fried rice and shared the meal among their accomplices at a nearby house.
After eating, they returned to view Liu’s body and rummage through his car.
When police arrived on South 13th Street to begin their investigation into Liu’s June 14 death,
missing from the 60-year-old delivery driver’s vehicle was the order of food and $48 in cash.
6/14/12 Huntington News (WV): “`Teens’ Attack Whites, Asian-Americans in Chicago,”
by David M. Kinchen
As the temperatures rise in Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, attacks by black ‘”teens”
are on the rise, although you wouldn’t know it from the politically correct news reports. The attacks
follow the patterns of last year’s “wildings” in Philadelphia, Milwaukee and at the Wisconsin State Fair, with
mobs of young blacks attacking whites and others.
If you read the CBS News report (link:http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/06/13/surveillance-pictures-released-in-mob-attack-on-cta-red-line/ )
you’ll have to look far down in the story to discover that the “teens” are black and the victims are whites or
Asian-Americans — typical of the politically correct newswriting and editing practiced by the liberal media.
To: University of Cincinnati Community
From: Michael Cureton
Chief of Police, Director of Public Safety
University of Cincinnati Police are investigating a hate crime that occurred on campus on the south
concourse of Nippert Stadium.
The incident occurred at 4 p.m., May 2, 2012, when a female Asian student who was walking in that area
was struck in the face with a rock by an unknown person in a group numbering five to seven male and female
black juveniles. The suspects are further described as wearing khaki pants and black and/or blue shirts.
The victim states that the group of juveniles began to laugh and make ethnic slurs towards her after she
was struck. The victim did not require medical treatment as a result of this assault.
During a follow-up investigation by UCPD, the victim states that she was aware of another person who
experienced a similar event at the same location. This person did not make a report to police.
If anyone has information about this, or any other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
Crime Stoppers offers rewards for information leading to the arrest of suspects in crimes, and you can
Crime alerts, as required by federal law, provide information to University community members about
incidents that occur on or within close proximity of the campus and may present a danger to other community
members. This information may be helpful in avoiding similar incidents, as well as soliciting any information
that may be available concerning these crimes. To track crimes in the campus area, go to
http://www.crimereports.com and enter an address or any local ZIP code.
3/20/12 Philadelphia Daily News: “Video shows gang attacking Asian couple,”
by Julie Shaw
In yet another home invasion of an Asian business owner, an Oxford Circle man says
that he and his wife were ambushed Sunday night as they pulled into their back driveway
in their black Lexus.
3/18/12 Another Asian American business owner targeted in home invasion in Philadelphia
Uploaded by Philadelphia Police- On March 18, 2012, at 7:02pm, the complainants parked
in the rear of their residence in the 1400 block of McKinley St. As the first complainant exited
the vehicle, the complainant heard a voice that yelled” don’t move or I’ll shoot you”. The
complainant looked up and saw 6 to 7 unknown males with one of the suspects pointing a
handgun in his direction. The suspects forced both complainants inside the residence. Once
inside, the suspects demanded money. One of the suspects struck the complainant in the
head numerous times with a handgun. The second complainant complied and gave the
suspects money and jewelry. The suspects then fled the residence on foot through the rear
driveway east towards Large Street with approximately $30,000 in cash, jewelry, and the
Suspect Description: 6-7 Black males wearing blue or black hoodies and holding rags
over their faces. One male was wearing a white hoodie and also holding a rag over his face.
If you see these males do not approach them, contact 911 immediately.
To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477).
If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact:
Northeast Detective Division
Det Keith Scott # 7603
Home Invasion 1449 McKinley Street DC#12-2-018719
3/1/12 Philly.com: “Vigil set in unsolved murder,”
by Julie Shaw
Hundreds of people from Asian-American communities are expected to come out for
a vigil at 5 p.m. today to call attention to the still-unsolved Jan. 20 robbery-murder of a
Chinese-takeout owner in Tacony.
The vigil will take place in front of the now-shuttered Jin House, at Longshore Avenue and
Tulip Street, where owner Xiang Huang, 27, was shot to death as his wife held their
A representative from the victim’s family is expected to speak at the vigil, as will leaders
of various Chinese community organizations.
The city is offering up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrests and
convictions of the two robbers, described as masked black men dressed in black. Tipsters
can call 215-686-TIPS (8477) or homicide detectives at 215-686-3334.
6/27/11 BBC News: “Chinese immigrants to France attacked in Paris,”
By David Chazan
Businessman Wei Ming Shi was out walking with his wife when three muggers tried to snatch
“I fought them off but they hit me in the face and broke my nose,” he said. “My vision was blurred
for a week afterwards.
“These kind of attacks happen all the time, especially to Asians,” said Mr Shi, who runs a driving
school in the Belleville neighbourhood of Paris and has been mugged twice.
“My wife has had her mobile phone stolen at least five times,” he said. “Every day people are
being attacked and beaten up, so we’re scared.”
Ethnic Chinese residents of the French capital say they are being systematically attacked and
robbed – and they are campaigning for more police protection.
6/15/11 The Cornell Daily Sun: “Police Arrest Teenager for Alleged West Campus Assault,”
By Juan Forrer
Cornell University Police arrested and charged Viktor P. Nikulin, 19, Tuesday for what police say
may have been a racially motivated assault against an Asian male who was riding his bicycle on
On June 5, three individuals in a vehicle yelled racial epithets at a student  of Asian descent
riding his bicycle on College Avenue near the intersection of Campus Road, police said. The vehicle
followed the victim onto West Avenue where Nikulin allegedly exited the vehicle and assaulted him.
The victim was treated for injuries at Cayuga Medical Center and released.
Nikulin, who is not a Cornell student, was arraigned Tuesday in the City of Ithaca Court and
released on his own recognizance. Cornell Police have been in discussions with the Tompkins
County District Attorney’s office to determine whether the assault can be prosecuted as a hate crime.
Chief of Police Kathy Zoner said that CUPD, working through leads from witnesses, contacted
Nikulin and asked him to come into Barton Hall, where he was arrested.
While police initially reported four individuals in the vehicle, the description of the incident was
later revised to only three people.
The other two individuals in the vehicle have not been charged, Zoner said. It will be up to the
District Attorneyï¿½s office to determine if charges will be filed against the other two individuals, she said.
President David Skorton and Susan Murphy ï¿½73, vice president of student and academic services,
condemned the attack in a statement issued June 8.
ï¿½We are relieved to report that the victim of this incident is expected to recover fully, we are
dismayed that such an incident should have occurred at all in our community,ï¿½ Skorton and Murphy
said in the joint statement.
4/22/11 Forest Hills Patch: “Police Seeking Sexual Assault Suspect In Queens; Man has attacked four
women since September, NYPD says,”
by Matthew Hampton
New York City police are asking for the publicï¿½s help in locating an alleged rapist who has struck four
times in Queens since late last year.
All the reported incidents have taken place in the 109th precinct, based in Flushing, and the victims
have all been Asian women in their twenties or thirties.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his thirties standing five-foot-five, 140 pounds with
The most recent incident happened on Tuesday evening at 11:40 p.m. on Colden Street. The victim,
an Asian woman in her early twenties, did not require any medical assistance as a result of the attack.
Earlier victims have not all been able to escape harm, according to police.
The first incident happened on September 22, 2010 at 10:10 p.m., at the corner of 28th Street and
34th Avenue in Flushing. The victim, an Asian woman in her late thirties, sustained minor injuries from
her hands and legs in the assault.
The second incident, occurred December 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., at the corner of Sanford Avenue
and 147th Street. The victim was an Asian woman in her late twenties, who suffered facial injuries in
The third incident happened on Bowne Street on Feb. 27 at 3:45 a.m., the victim, an Asian woman
in her mid-twenties, did not require any medical assistance, according to police.
The NYPD has released a sketch and two videos that they say show the alleged attacker.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can
also submit tips at the Crime Stoppers’ website at http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips
to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.
All callers will remain anonymous.
3/2/11 New York Times: “2 Teenagers Are Sentenced for Killing Man Asleep in His Car
by Mick Meenan
Two teenagers convicted of killing a Queens man whom they overpowered as he slept in his Lexus
were sentenced on Wednesday to prison terms of at least 20 years each.
The victim, David Kao, 49, was a marketing executive of The World Journal, which describes itself as
the largest Chinese-language newspaper in North America. Mr. Kao was strangled inside his Lexus
S.U.V., and his body was later dumped on a dead-end street after the teenagers spotted him asleep
after they spent a Friday evening at the movies.
For full story, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/nyregion/03executive.html
2/24/11 Los Angeles Times: “Chinese American man beaten by Korean Americans in alleged
hate-crime attack, authorities say,”
Two Korean Americans were in jail Thursday, two others were released on bail and two more were
being sought in connection with the robbery and assault of a Chinese American man in Diamond Bar
in what authorities described as a hate crime.
The Feb. 6 incident began when the 25-year-old victim placed an order for takeout at a Korean
restaurant in the 18300 block of East Colima Road in Rowland Heights, said Sgt. Steven Kim of the
L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Asian Gang Team.
For full story, see: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/02/beating-of-chinese-american-man-by-koreans-called-hate-crime.html?lanow
12/31/10 Poughkeepsie Journal: “Cops: Burglaries near NYC target Asians, like local string over summer
by Emily Stewart
Town of Poughkeepsie police are warning residents about a series of burglaries in Westchester County
and Stamford, Conn., apparently targeted at Asian-Americans.
There have been no recent reports of similar incidents in Dutchess County, but over the summer town
police investigated a string of burglaries involving victims with Asian surnames. Five burglaries were
reported in June and July in a large housing development off Spackenkill Road, town Police Chief Thomas
There were 10 additional burglaries in nearby towns, including East Fishkill, Union Vale, LaGrange,
Beekman and Wappinger involving victims with Asian surnames. In most cases, thieves took cash, jewelry
and identification documents, Mauro said.
Similar thefts have occurred elsewhere in the greater New York area. Most incidents took place during
the daytime when residents were not at home, he said.
In September, the New York Police Department arrested a Queens man authorities believe was involved
in break-ins targeted at Asian-Americans, according to police and written reports.
Town of Greenburgh police in Westchester confirmed Tuesday they are investigating a series of
burglaries apparently targeting people of South Asian descent. However, not all of the burglaries have
specifically targeted South Asians.
Mauro advises residents to follow “simple crime prevention tips” to reduce the odds of being targeted.
ï¿½ Lock all doors and windows properly.
ï¿½ Secure valuables in a safe or safe-deposit box.
ï¿½ Install exterior lights with motion detectors.
ï¿½ Consider a home alarm system.
ï¿½ If you are away from home for a period of time, have the driveway cleared of snow and mail retrieved
from the box.
11/20/10 Philadelphia Inquirer: “an linked to Asian-American business owner robbery sought,”
by Joelle Farrell
The FBI wants help finding a man linked to an armed home-invasion robbery that targeted an
Asian American business owner in Delaware County last summer.
Nyfis “Feese” Toppings, 26, and several other assailants allegedly broke into the victim’s
Havertown home through a kitchen window on Aug. 8, according to the FBI. Armed with handguns,
their faces covered with masks or bandannas, the crew forced the victims to open a safe, then
fled with cash.
8/20/10 Philadelphia Inquirer: “Radnor family assaulted and robbed, possibly because
they are Asian,”
by Bonnie L. Cook
Lisa Lee, 17, thought she was dreaming at 3 a.m. Wednesday when she opened
her bedroom door in Radnor Township to find a stranger wearing a bandanna across
his face and holding a gun.
“Make a noise and I’ll hurt you,” said the intruder, pointing the gun to her head.
Struggling to emerge from sleep, Lee heard the sound of a scuffle downstairs and
her father, Jei Lee, crying out in pain.
Radnor police are asking anyone with information to call 610-688-0503.
8/18/10 Delaware County, PA Daily Times “Asian business owners worried about
robberies: Upper Darby police are on alert after three Asian-American business owners
were recently targeted in home invasions,”
By Linda Reilly
Upper Darby ï¿½ Asian-American business owners in the 69th Street area are again
being targeted by robbers who believe the entrepreneurs donï¿½t use banks, police said.
Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood cited three home invasions involving owners
of shops on South 69th and Market streets. ï¿½The most recent home invasion involving
69th Street stores occurred 2:30 a.m. Aug. 8 in Haverford,ï¿½ Chitwood said.
6/14/10 The Anniston Star: “Alabamaï¿½s hate-crime rate,”
by our readers
The FBI says hate crime incidents per 100,000 for 2008 were 2.9 percent nationwide.
New Jersey had the highest rate with 8.6, and Alabama had the lowest rate with 0.4. Are
Alabama law enforcement agencies accurately reporting hate crimes?
For example, a recent incident in a Montgomery high school involved an Asian-
American student and one or more African-American students. The high school is 94
percent African-American and very, very few students of Asian descent. If the incident
involved an African-American student and white student in a school that was 94 percent
white with very, very few African-Americans, then activists would be leading marches and
giving interviews on national TV proclaiming ï¿½hate crime, hate crime.ï¿½
I am not convinced Alabama has the lowest hate crime rate in the United States. The
incident cited above may be a hate crime but not reported as one.
5/16/10 Associated Press: “Attacks on Asian-Americans lead to racial tension,”
By Juliana Barbassa
San Francisco ï¿½ Mrs. Cheng feels like she’s living under siege in her own home.
In January, an 83-year-old neighbor, also a Chinese immigrant, was beaten into a
coma. Days after he died in March, Mrs. Cheng, 53, was attacked and pushed off a public
transit platform, coming to minutes later with front teeth knocked out and her mouth full of
5/10/10 cbs5.com (San Francisco): “Bay Area Ex-Con Admits To Targeting Asians,”
Recent attacks on Asian-Americans have stoked racial tensions in some Bay Area
communities. One African-American ex-con admits to targeting Asians, but says he didn’t
do it out of hate.
Ananze Emenike talks about robbing Asians like it was no big deal – during his teen
years, it wasn’t.
“We got busted for a hate crime, due to the fact that when they linked us to the other
robberiesï¿½they were 75-85 per cent Asian,” recalled Emenike.
Emenike’s reign of terror ended with his arrest in 2007 at the age of 17. Ananze said
he once targeted Asians, but not because he had any animosity toward his victims. He
said he chose Asian victims due to a perception that they carried a lot of money, wouldn’t
fight back, and wouldn’t go to police because of a language barrier.
“We would go places where we knew Asians would carry a lot of money. Like for a
good example Stonestown. That was a place we knew lots of Asians came and spent a
lot of money,” he recalled.
Race played a part in Emenike’s robberies. His victims were targeted because of
race, but for specific reasons, they presented for him a crime of opportunity. We can’t tell
you about all such crimes, but it does offer a different perspective to the debate.
Emenike has cleaned up his act, after spending time in prison. He’s now a video
producer for the news agency Youth Outlook.
5/6/10 New America Media: “San Francisco’s ‘Black on Chinese’ Violence Goes Back
Commentary by Hubert V. Yee
African-American and Asian-American elected and appointed officials have failed to
address the growing racial tensions in southeast San Francisco.
Growing up as an Asian American in southeast San Francisco was not easy. Safety
was a huge issue for all residents. We heard gunshots at night and sirens wailing past
our homes. Our neighbors and family members heard stories about other neighbors and
family members becoming victims of crimes by a segment of the African-American
When I was 16, I was attacked by eight African Americans while riding Muniï¿½s 15 Third
bus line. I was spit on. We fought. I was beaten unconscious and remained out for a few
seconds. I am reminded every day that I was beaten for no apparent reason when I look in
the mirror and see my scar.
My mother and father were also victims. I remember waking up hearing my mom and
dad screaming. I ran downstairs to see my mom and dad being robbed and assaulted
in front of our home by two African Americans.
These criminals target Asian Americans because we are seen as weak, unorganized,
foreign, and as ï¿½walking ATM machines.ï¿½ We are racialized in many of these instances of
Our pain has not been felt or heard by so-called elected representatives, black and
Asian alike. Sophie Maxwell, who represents District 10 on the Board of Supervisors, has
said little. Others, like Human Rights Commissioner Yvonne Lee, have provided a false
historical narrative of the violence. At a recent commission meeting, Lee said these
incidents have only occurred in the ï¿½past several years.ï¿½
As a resident of the neighborhood for more than 25 years, I disagree.
Supervisor David Chiu said on TV that these instances were not racially motivated.
I disagree. The violence is racial. Asian Americans are seen as easy victims.
In order to heal, these ï¿½racializedï¿½ assumptions and misperceptions about Asian
Americans need to be acknowledged. We need community development projects that
involve multiracial interaction to dispel such racist stereotypes. In 2005, I created a youth
program, APIYLDP, that explored the African-American experience and the Asian-
American experience in District 10 with a group of multiracial youth and multiple
nonprofits. Asian-American youth learned about the African-American experience
through community immersion, fieldwork and research. Research conducted by youth
documented racial misunderstandings between Asian-American and African-American
youth. Results showed that the youth participating in this project better understood the
commonalities and the struggles the two communities shared.
Efforts to continue the dialogue between Asian-American and African-American
youth are hopeful solutions to the growing despair facing many Asian Americans in the
Bay View and Visitation Valley. We must focus on developing our community through
multiracial coalitions and continually hold accountable not only District 10 Supervisor
Sophie Maxwell, but also those who claim to be our voice: Asian-American elected and
All San Francisco residents, including those in District 10, should feel safe riding a
bus, walking to school and being in their homes.
Hubert V. Yee has been a resident of San Francisco’s District 10 for more than 25
years. As a community activist with a Master of Arts in Asian American Studies, he has
worked on multiple projects to develop healthier community relations.
5/2/10 San Francisco Chronicle: “Dirty secret of black-on-Asian violence is out,”
by C.W. Nevius
San Francisco’s hidden truth is out. That’s what community organizer Carol Mo calls
the realization that Asian residents are being targeted for robberies, burglaries and
intimidation by young black men.
“It is San Francisco’s dirty little secret,” said Mo, a former Safety Network Community
organizer in the Sunset District. “It’s not news to us.”