Blame our soft-on-crime leaders. Charles Fain LehmanFebruary 26, 2021
Late last month, 84-year-old Vichar Ratanapakdee was taking a morning stroll in his San Francisco neighborhood when 19-year-old Antoine Watson charged him, shoving the older man to the ground. Ratanapakdee never regained consciousness—police found him on the street, dead from a brain hemorrhage.
Ratanapakdee’s murder is just the most heinous instance of a recent spate of crimes against Asian-Americans in the Bay Area. In Oakland’s Chinatown, three Asian-American adults were attacked, including a 91-year-old man. Weeks later, an 83-year-old man was pushed to the ground in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, sustaining a broken hip.
Some victims are robbed, like the San Jose grandmother who lost $1,000 in a broad-daylight attack. Oakland’s Chinatown has endured more than 20 robberies; according to local Chamber of Commerce head Carl Chan, businesses “are so fearful they prefer to close early,” as there are “many juveniles driving around Chinatown and carrying guns . . . hurting people before they’re being robbed.”
Some have taken this crime wave, also seen in other cities, as evidence of surging anti-Asian hatred. Activists in New York marched against the “white nationalism” fueling the attacks, a charge reiterated by
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Media reports and elected leaders
have linked the violence to former President Donald Trump’s use of
pejorative terms like “the Kung Flu” early in the Covid-19 pandemic...........To Read More.....
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