Hate Crimes Denounced
From The World Journal
April 2, 2004
Hate crimes suspected to target Chinese residents in Bensonhurst,
Brooklyn, have had the attention of majority communities. State
Assemblyman William Colton said while public scribbling is a
misdemeanor, inscription of “Kill Chinese” at Kings
Highway stop of N Train should be treated as a felony, and that
he planned to propose a bill at the State Assembly. Incidents
like this should not be dismissed as trivial, Colton said, and
something must be done before it is too late. He asked Chinese
to call the police once they fall victim to hate crimes and said
he would help to expand the coverage of ethnic conflicts like
this in English-language press to warn the mainstream against
On Kings Highway, where Colton’s office
is located, anti-Semitic graffiti were also found recently. Colton
helped to assemble Jewish
leaders, religious and community figures to call for the attention
of society before the situation deteriorated.
Since then, Chinese
families found their windows smashed by stones and subway stops
covered with anti-Chinese scribbling. Coverage
in Chinese press helped recall the anti-Semitic offenses and drew
the attention of the mainstream media to the new victim.
Chinese-American Association will hold a community meeting on reports
of Chinese students at Lafayette High School
being beaten repeatedly. The discussion will focus on how to solve
the systematic problem of public schools. The bullies, however,
were found to be mostly African American students. The campus violence,
together with the graffiti, has shown the ethnic tensions in Brooklyn.
Colton emphasized that precautions should be taken before things
run out of control.
Donald Conceicao, chief of Police Precinct 62,
which includes Bensonhurst, said the neighborhood has seen a sharp
increase in the Asian population,
and that the precinct pays special attention to these people. The
family, whose windows were smashed last Saturday reported the case
to the police yesterday and called for more patrolling.
Wong, a Chinese assistant to Colton, said the assemblyman’s
office deals with matters in the community, large and small, and
that white residents complain about the noise their minority neighbors
made, dirty sidewalks, illegal parking and gangster problems, which
Colton has all helped to deal with. Wong called on Chinese to keep
in touch with Colton’s office, where Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking
assistants are on hand so that there is no language barrier. The
telephone of Colton’s office is: 718-236-1598.
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Translated from Chinese by Shasha Dai.