Denouncing Anti-Chinese Graffiti in Bensonhurst

47th Assembly District Leader Nancy Tong (center) and Assemblymember William Colton joined demonstrators in speaking out against anti-Chinese graffiti that appeared in Bensonhurst. (Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

After anti-Chinese graffiti appeared on storefronts along 86th Street in Bensonhurst over the weekend, residents and public officials gathered at a rally Monday morning to call on the NYPD to investigate the act as a hate crime, reports Zainab Iqbal in Bklyner.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called it a premeditated action and spoke about the increase in hate crimes across the city, including when a woman in Bay Ridge shouted horrible remarks to a Muslim woman on an MTA bus just last month. He also announced that he’s adding a $1,000 reward to any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the hateful action.

Nancy Tong, the 47th Assembly District leader and the first Asian American elected to office in Brooklyn, also joined the rally:

“I take this personally. It is a hate crime for our community. It has to stop,” she said. “We are not going to be silent. We need to catch whoever is doing this to us.”

“America has a dream. That’s why we all come here,” she said. “We should all live here together as a whole. Never divide. That’s how we get things done.”

For remarks from Council member Mark Treyger’s “loud, powerful speech” and to find out why state Sen. Diane Savino “said the perpetrator must not be very smart,” go to Bklyner.

In a Voices of NY story on Nancy Tong, reporter Kimberly Conner noted that in Bensonhurst, “the Asian population grew 57 percent between 2000 and 2010 according to census data – an increase of more than 23,000 people. Currently, around 36 percent of Bensonhurst’s total population self-identifies as Asian.”

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