"Unite Against Hate" Banner leads the march for Solidarity with Asian Lives in New York City on February 20th, 2021. Photo/Julian Leshay
NEW YORK –– A group of large protestors gathered in Washington Square Park on Saturday, February 20 to speak out against recent violence towards Asian people and the surge of racism stemming from Covid-19 originating in Wuhan, China.
In the United States, there has always been racism towards the Asian population. Most recently, Chinese people have been 'scapegoated; since the Covid-19 pandemic crippled the U.S. In March 2020, when the lockdowns started and the term 'China Virus' was thrown around foolishly by some media, along with none other than former President Trump. #ChinaVirus and #WuhanVirus were even trending on Twitter at one point.
A protester holds a sign over their head saying "WE ARE NOT YOUR SCAPEGOAT" in response to Asian racism after the Covid-19 pandemic started in New York City on February 20th, 2021. Photo/Julian Leshay
A recent violent incident involved Filipino American Noel Quintana who was brutally attacked in a New York City subway car, on Wednesday, February 3rd and slashed in the face by a man wielding a boxcutter.
Illustration courtesy of Jonathan D. Chang
The protestors proceed to peacefully march through the New York City streets in unity with New York's large Asian community, along with other groups' against Asian violence in New York City as well as around the country. Although it is difficult to prove recent incidents were fueled by White Supremacy, activists and community leaders say race has played a major role.
Speaking out against anti-Asian racist remarks and, often looked over, microaggressions are the first steps of protecting the most vulnerable in the community. Raising awareness of the extent of xenophobia towards Asian people community-based events and protests can make a big impact. Online and Social Media presence has become a major tool in awareness and combatting racism.
Two protest signs against White Nationalism held by unnamed protesters in New York City on February 20th, 2021. Photo/ Julian Leshay
Christian Hall was a 19-year-old Chinese American teenager who was shot and killed by Pennsylvania State Police while having a mental health crisis on December 30th, 2020. With his hands raised over his head, Police fired their weapons multiple times.
Protesters with a 'Christian Hall' and an 'Abolish Police; sign march through the streets of New York City in solidarity with the Asian community. Photo/Julian Leshay
Unity and Solidarity was the call to action at the protest on February 20th and it came in large numbers with faces, covered in masks, from all races and ethnicities. A common ideology within the New York City activist crowd is 'oppression is oppression.' All minority groups that live within the U.S. borders have faced violent racism and xenophobia. In shared pain, brings a collective motivation and a common goal. Liberation.
Additional image Gallery. Photos/Julian Leshay.