New York City mayoral frontrunner Andrew Yang on Tuesday said the woman who was beaten in a hateful attack in Midtown “could have easily been my mother.”
“Like so many other people, I woke up to a horrifying video of an Asian woman being horribly beaten for no other reason than her race,” the former presidential hopeful told reporters outside of the St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn.
“An elderly Asian woman walking the streets of Hell’s Kitchen could easily have been my mother, because that’s where we live. And so when I saw this video, that is who I thought of,” said Yang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants.
Surveillance video captured a 65-year-old Asian woman walking on West 43rd Street near Ninth Avenue on Monday morning and get brutally beat as a security guard in a nearby building appeared to watch and do nothing to help.
The unidentified suspect hurled anti-Asian statements as he punched and kicked the woman at about 11:40 a.m., police said.
“This is the opposite of what we need in New York City. We need to be able to come together, help each other and provide assistance when someone clearly needs it,” Yang said, adding, “In New York, we’re much better than this. If you see something you should do something to help.”
Yang again called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to “fully fund” the anti-Asian Hate Crimes Task force.
“These incidents are becoming all too commonplace. They’re heartbreaking. There’s no place for this in New York City,” Yang explained. “People should be able to walk the streets of New York without fear.”
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