New York’s crime wave reared its head again Monday morning, this time just west of Times Square. In video footage as horrifying as it is familiar, an unidentified man kicks a 65-year-old Asian woman, then stomps her repeatedly, while shouting “you don’t belong here.”
The vicious attack, in broad daylight and on a busy Manhattan street, is just the latest in a series of incidents, in Gotham and nationwide, that have left Asian Americans scared to leave their homes. A day earlier, video captured a black man beating an Asian man senseless on the subway, making Monday’s incident the second in two days.
There have been 33 hate crimes targeting Asians so far this year, according to the NYPD, which is investigating both offenses. That’s up from 28 in all of last year, and just 3 in 2019, according to researchers who documented a nearly 150 percent increase in big-city anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020.
Charles Fain Lehman is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal.
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