Biden Addresses Racism Against Asians

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Biden calls Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama ‘Japanese boy’ in odd compliment

By Steven Nelson
April 16, 2021 | 6:40pm | Updated

President Biden on Friday awkwardly hailed Masters golf champion Hideki Matsuyama as a “Japanese boy” during a press conference in the Rose Garden with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Matsuyama, 29, won the Masters Tournament on Sunday at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club.

“Yoshi, I know how proud you are — the people of Japan are — and you’ve got a Japanese boy coming over here and guess what? He won the Masters. He won the Masters. He won the green jacket,” Biden said in the Rose Garden.

“And Matsuyama was the first Japanese player to take home that green jacket at the Masters tournament this week. So let me say congratulations to Japan as well on that feat.”

Biden’s description of the celebrated golfer drew criticism online.

“Hideki Matsuyama is 29. Joe Biden just called him a ‘Japanese boy.’ To the Japan PM’s face,” one viewer wrote on Twitter.

“Did Biden just use the term ‘Japanese boy’ to describe a grown ass man? oof,” wrote another.

Biden and Suga spoke privately about tensions with China and also about a rise in reported anti-Asian prejudice in the United States, they told reporters in the Rose Garden......More
 

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It Was Worse Than We Thought: NO ONE Met Japanese Prime Minister at the White House Door Except Stationary Army Guard

By Jim Hoft
Published April 17, 2021 at 7:34am
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In a highly disrespectful and embarrassing move, Kamala Harris welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to the White House on Friday.

Joe Biden was nowhere to be found as Kamala Harris welcomed Yoshihide Suga, the first foreign leader to visit the Biden White House.

But it was way worse than we originally reported.

No one met Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the door when he arrived.
The only one standing there was a stationary Army guard.

Japanese Prime Minister Joshihide Suga was the first world leader to visit the White House since Biden’s installation, and the poor form began with no-one greeting the head of the Japanese government upon arrival. When you consider the leftist narrative about stopping Asian hate, there is a rather ironic aspect to this visit and snub.
Once Prime Minister Suga was inside the White House he was shunned for the greeting by his diplomatic peer, Joe Biden. Instead, Kamala Harris was dispatched to deliver introductory remarks. Beyond the inappropriate form, the subtle message of Kamala Harris being the acting head of the executive branch was on display.
Then when Vice President Kamala was sent down to greet the Japanese Prime Minister she spent more than a full minute trashing the US as a violent place as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stood next to her waiting to be introduced.

“Good morning! I briefly want to discuss the tragedy that occurred in Indianapolis last night. Yet again we have families in our country that are grieving the loss of their family members because of gun violence,” Kamala Harris said as the Japanese Prime Minister stood next to her.

After ranting for more than a full minute, Kamala Harris finally welcomed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to the White House.

What a disgrace!

She looks peeved when the interpreter started translating

 

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New York man charged with attempted murder in attack on Chinese immigrant
Author of the article:Reuters
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Rich Mckay
Publishing date:Apr 27, 2021 • 16 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Baozhen Chen stands behind a photo of her husband Yao Pan Ma in critical condition at a hospital, after being assaulted on April 23 in Harlem, during a press conference in New York April 27, 2021.
Baozhen Chen stands behind a photo of her husband Yao Pan Ma in critical condition at a hospital, after being assaulted on April 23 in Harlem, during a press conference in New York April 27, 2021. PHOTO BY SHANNON STAPLETON /REUTERS
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A New York City man was arrested and charged on Tuesday with attempted murder in what police have classified as a hate crime against a Chinese immigrant, authorities said.

The victim, identified by police as 61-year-old Yao Pan Ma, was attacked in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan on April 23. The assault is the latest in a spate of attacks targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the nation.


A recent report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino showed that crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) jumped by 145% in 2020, even as hate crimes overall in the United States fell slightly.

In March, a shooting spree at three spas in and around Atlanta left eight people dead, including six Asian women. Police said that they have not ruled out charging the suspect with a hate crime.


Many Americans blame Asians for the coronavirus, which was first identified in Wuhan, China in late 2019. Former U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as the “China Virus” and “kung flu,” rhetoric seen by some as inflaming anti-Asian sentiment.

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In the New York incident, surveillance video released by police last week shows Ma being attacked from behind, knocked down and kicked in the head multiple times by a lone man.

Police charged Jarrod Powell, 49, of New York with two counts of felony assault, one count of attempted murder. Police classified the attack as a hate crime but offered few other details.


It was unclear Tuesday if Powell had an attorney. No information on bond was available, but police said he remained in custody Tuesday evening.

Media outlets, including the Washington Post and People magazine reported that Ma was in critical condition in a medically induced coma at Harlem Hospital. A representative for the hospital told Reuters that he could not release information on the patient.

People magazine reported that Ma was a pastry chef who came to America about two years ago with his wife.
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I ordered something on Amazon a month ago....made in china ...
An update tells me it is due to arrive a month from now....
I sent the sender a note asking if the delivery mode was a slow boat from china!
Was that racist?
 

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Man gets house arrest for 'racist' attack on Chinese student riding Toronto bus
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:May 07, 2021 • 21 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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A man who went on a racist tirade and grabbed a masked female Chinese student on a city bus at the start of the pandemic has been handed four months house arrest.

In sentencing Michael Hennesy, 47, for assault, the Ontario court judge noted the physical attack was relatively minor but still had a severe effect on the victim.


“This offence shows how vulnerable society is to the ugly reality of racism and how quickly it can spread, and how scared and vulnerable its targets are,” Judge Howard Borenstein said. “Racism is awful on its own given the dehumanizing effects it can have, and it often can lead to physical violence, which is what occurred here.”

Evidence was that the student from China was sitting minding her own business on a downtown bus on an afternoon in February last year when Hennesy boarded. The student was wearing a medical mask.

In the four minutes he was on the bus, Hennesy declared himself Canadian, hurled profanities at her, insulted Chinese people, and told her to go back to where she came from.

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The student began recording the tirade, prompting Hennesy to grab her arm in an effort to get her phone. She hit him across the face, screamed at him, and hung on to her phone, court documents show.

Hennesy, who pleaded guilty last month, turned himself in after TV broadcast his image.

The pandemic has sparked a surge in crimes against Asian people across North America, with victims often blamed for COVID-19 amid false allegations that China had deliberately unleashed the virus.

In its recent annual report, Toronto police said members of various Asian communities had become targets.

“Victims were subject to derogatory comments, and were either punched, pushed or spat on by the suspect(s),” the report said.


In sentencing the first-time offender, Borenstein referenced the “disturbing increase” in anti-Asian sentiment.

The impact on the student, he said, was “extreme.” Among other things, she said she was unable to finish her semester, felt forced to move, and needed therapy.

As mitigating factors, the judge noted Hennesy, who has long battled addictions, was drunk at the time, had apologized to the student, and was in counselling. His childhood was at times abusive and violent. He was five when his father killed his mother, the judge said.

After living in shelters or community housing for the past eight years, he has now moved back to his native Newfoundland.

Despite Hennesy’s assertions, backed by a doctor, therapist and sister, that he showed no signs of racism before the attack, Borenstein was skeptical.

“The aggravating features of this case is the racist nature of this attack and its impact on (the student) and beyond her, to others especially in the Asian community who feel more insecure and unsafe when this happens,” the judge said.

Borenstein opted for the four months house arrest along with a year’s probation, and ordered Hennesy to do 30 hours of community service.
 
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WARMINGTON: It was a hateful assault of a man right in front of me. But was it hate?
Author of the article:Joe Warmington
Publishing date:May 10, 2021 • 20 hours ago • 3 minute read • 33 Comments
An interaction between two men at Yonge and College Sts. in Toronto on Sunday, May 9, 2021.
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It was a sucker punch to the face of an innocent man just walking along Yonge Street.

Somewhere out there is the victim of a vicious blow to the head in what was, perhaps, a hate crime. I write this column with a view of trying to find him and protect others from potential harm.


It all happened at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at Yonge and College Sts. while I was heading to the car with my Mother’s Day sushi dinner order. A man charged at another and hit him square on the button. The sound of the fist hitting his face, which was covered by a COVID-19 mask, was loud and the sight of it was ugly.

The man chose not to engage in the thug’s invitation to fight and quickly fled.

The drama continued as the assaulter challenged others to a fight, blocking families from walking across the street while he cursed and intimidated. Officers from Toronto Police’s 52 Division hightailed it from Yonge and Bloor and caught up with the suspect.

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The problem was the victim was nowhere to be found.

“Without a victim or a complaint, it is difficult to lay a charge,” explained an officer.

I had a good chat with Const. Paul Regan and Const. Adrian Tait and the other fine officers about it. My goal is to see this crime solved and put before the courts.

Regan and Tait, two excellent street cops, took my number just in case the victim decides to lay a complaint. I would like to find him and any video of this incident that we can turn over to the police and the hate crime unit as well. I want the victim to know that if he does lay a complaint, I will testify to what I saw. He is not alone! We will not abandon him.

We also want to make sure he’s OK. It was a strong punch.

He’s in his 20s or early 30s and is not the first person of Asian background to be assaulted this spring. Police recently laid charges against a man who allegedly attacked three people of Asian descent near subway entrances in April and are looking for the person who punched an Asian-Canadian man in a restaurant in Scarborough.

A recent Toronto Police news release states, “Anti-Asian/Chinese hate crimes went from three in 2019 to 15 in 2020 and are showing to be on the rise again in 2021.”

Toronto Police say “anti-Black hate crimes went from 13 in 2019 to 43” last year.

“The Jewish community, followed by the Black community, LGBTQ2S+ community, and the Asian/Chinese communities were the most frequently victimized groups … motivated by hate.”

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One thing I noticed was the suspect appeared homeless. Much of downtown has been taken over by people living in tents, on the sidewalk or inside entrances of the subway, and there does not seem to be any answer for it. They may have their sad story, but some are also a menace to people down there.

I often see aggressive panhandlers on the sidewalk and the road and squeegee people violating people’s cars. But I have also witnessed more and more intimidation and getting into people’s personal space at a time of a pandemic when society is more sensitive to that.

“I want to make it clear, one hate crime is one too many,” Chief James Ramer said in the police news release. “As a service we have taken steps to address this concerning increase by expanding the capacity of our dedicated Hate Crime Unit, who are specialized in investigating these crimes.”

Time will tell if this was a hate crime. But I am pleased it is being investigated.

jwarmington@postmedia.com
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Georgia prosecutor to seek death penalty in spa killings
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:May 11, 2021 • 4 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock in Cherokee County poses in a jail booking photograph after he was taken into custody by the Crisp County Sheriff's Office in Cordele, Ga., March 16, 2021.
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ATLANTA — A Georgia prosecutor said on Tuesday she would seek the death penalty for the man accused of fatally shooting eight people at Atlanta-area spas, six of them women of Asian descent, saying the suspect committed hate crimes.

Robert Aaron Long, 22, was indicted on murder charges in the March 16 killings of four women in Fulton County, Georgia, as well as on aggravated assault and domestic terrorism charges, according to court documents.


He was previously charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault in Cherokee County, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Atlanta.

In a court filing, Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis said Long had targeted four women in Atlanta because of their race, national origin and gender.

“Lady Justice in this community is blind,” Willis told a news conference after her court filing. “It does not matter your ethnicity, it does not matter the side of the tracks you come from, it does not matter your wealth. You will be treated as an individual with value.”

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In a separate filing, Willis said she would seek the death penalty against Long.

“Death penalty cases are never easy. This is a long journey. And so the biggest hurdle will just be having stamina, but some journeys are worth taking,” Willis said, adding she came to the decision after spending time with the families of the victims and reviewing the evidence.

A lawyer for Long did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


In March, Long told investigators a sex addiction drove him to commit the killings and indicated he frequented spas in the area. Authorities initially declined to name racial animosity as the motive for the massacre, which sent shock waves through the Asian-American community, already rattled by a rise in hate crimes since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition that has tracked rising anti-Asian violence during the pandemic, commended the prosecutor’s move, calling it “important” and stressing the broader need to address “the combination of racism and misogyny Asian American women experience” in the United States.

The bloodshed began with four people killed and another wounded at Young’s Asian Massage in Cherokee County. Two Asian-American women were among the dead there, along with a white woman and a white man.

An hour later in Atlanta, police officers responding to a robbery report arrived at the Gold Spa beauty salon to find three women shot dead. The officers were then called to a separate spa across the street where another woman was found fatally shot. All four women killed in Atlanta were of Asian descent.
 

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Man, 56, accused of anti-Asian hate crime in midtown Toronto
Cops allege he punched a woman in the shoulder and yelled an anti-Asian racial slur

Author of the article:Chris Doucette
Publishing date:May 12, 2021 • 7 hours ago • 1 minute read • 8 Comments
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A 56-year-old man faces charges stemming from an alleged hate-motivated assault in midtown Toronto on Monday.

Toronto Police say the incident unfolded as a 28-year-old woman was walking near Yonge St. and Roehampton Ave. — north of Eglinton Ave. — around 8:20 a.m.


“She was approached by an unknown man who punched her in the shoulder and yelled a racial slur,” Const. Caroline de Kloet said Wednesday.

She said the assailant then carried on walking south on Yonge St.

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After consultation with the service’s specialized Hate Crime Unit, police say the investigation is being treated as a suspected anti-Asian hate crime.

Wesley Joseph Lackey, 56, of no fixed address, was identified as a suspect and arrested on Tuesday.

He is charged with assault and failure to comply with a probation order.

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