#StopAsianHate:Two Asian women waiting for bus stabbed in ‘horrific’ attack

Two Asian women were stabbed in broad daylight while waiting for a bus in San Francisco on Tuesday. KPIX-TV named the 85-year-old as Chui Fong Eng, she was seriously injured with stab wounds in the chest and arm, the station reported. The other woman has not been named. Witnesses told the station that a man clutching a knife approached a bus stop, stabbed the women, and then fled. Drew Eng, Chui Fong Eng’s grandson, told KPIX-TV: “She didn’t know the other victim, and they were both at the bus stop and both stabbed there,” he said. “I think the other lady … Continue reading #StopAsianHate:Two Asian women waiting for bus stabbed in ‘horrific’ attack

Germany sees 72 percent increase in anti-immigrant crimes

Germany recorded a 72.4 percent increase in anti-immigrant crimes in 2020, up to 5,298 total cases – as officials warned Tuesday that the country is experiencing a dangerous rise in far-right violence. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in total, far-right crimes rose 5.65 percent in 2020, and accounted for more than half of all “politically motivated” crimes. “This shows again that right-wing extremism is the biggest threat for our country,” Seehofer said Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. In February 2020, the country saw its deadliest anti-immigrant attack when nine immigrants were killed near Frankfurt, Germany, after a gunman opened … Continue reading Germany sees 72 percent increase in anti-immigrant crimes

Two men saw black man crossing street, shot him dead because he was black

A duo of convicted felons in California have been charged with murder after allegedly spotting a Black man walking across the street and deciding to fatally shoot him because he was Black. William Arnold Armendariz, 24, and Samuel Vasquez, 22, were formally charged on Monday with the November 7, 2015 murder of 51-year-old Charles Warren Neazer in Banning, California, according to a Banning Police Department press release. On Tuesday, Patch reported that police believe the murder took place after Armendariz and Vasquez spotted Neazer crossing a street “and allegedly decided to shoot him because he was Black.” “Neazer was a … Continue reading Two men saw black man crossing street, shot him dead because he was black

Asian man in coma after being brutally assaulted in NYC

A 61-year-old Asian man has been placed in a coma after being brutally attacked in New York City on Friday, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to vow that the suspect will be caught. Yao Pan Ma, a Chinese immigrant, was attacked in East Harlem Friday night while collecting cans. According to the statement given to Newsweek by New York Police Department, Ma was approached from behind by an unknown suspect who “struck the victim in the back causing him to fall on the ground. “Once on the ground, the individual kicked the victim multiple times in the head before fleeing the location … Continue reading Asian man in coma after being brutally assaulted in NYC

Only in the USA: Students disciplined over ‘slave trade game’

A group of school students in Texas have been disciplined for setting up a “Slave Trade” messaging group that assigned prices to their black peers. Messages shared on the Snapchat app at a school in Aledo said one student was worth a dollar and another “100 bucks”, the New York Times reported. The school district conducted an inquiry and found “racial harassment and cyber bullying” had occurred. But some parents accused authorities of failing to respond appropriately. School students at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus in Aledo had posted messages on a group Snapchat that was reportedly labelled with terms … Continue reading Only in the USA: Students disciplined over ‘slave trade game’

Update: Neighbours actress, Sharon Johal also alleges racism on soap

A third Neighbours star, Sharon Johal, has spoken out about the racism she says she endured on the set of the popular Australian soap opera. The Australian actress, who has Indian heritage, left the show in March after four years as character Dipi Rebecchi. Johal said she had faced racist taunts from white castmates, and felt further targeted when she asked for help. She said she felt “morally compelled” to voice her trauma after two Aboriginal stars did so last week. The former lawyer and Melbourne-based actress described it as a “human rights issue”. On-set racism allegations were first raised … Continue reading Update: Neighbours actress, Sharon Johal also alleges racism on soap

Update: NYC doormen fired for not intervening in attack

Two doormen have been fired after they allegedly failed to intervene as an Asian-American woman was being attacked in New York, the 65-year-old woman was admitted to hospital after she was punched and kicked repeatedly last month. CCTV video from the attack appeared to show staff at the Manhattan building watching without intervening. The Brodsky Organization, owners of the building, said the men assisted the woman after the attacker left. The incident comes amid a rise in anti-Asian crimes in the wake of the pandemic, including a deadly attack in Atlanta in which three women of Asian descent were among … Continue reading Update: NYC doormen fired for not intervening in attack

Aboriginal actors allege racist incidents on set

Two Aboriginal-Australian TV stars have alleged they witnessed racist incidents while working on the set of the popular soap opera Neighbours. Shareena Clanton alleged “multiple racist traumas” during her time on the show in an Instagram post on Monday. A day later, former Neighbours actor Meyne Wyatt said he too had experienced racism on set in a tweet. The actors, both Australians of indigenous descent, said they heard other cast members use racist slurs. “It’s been lonely, triggering and traumatising to work in such a culturally unsafe space,” wrote Ms Clanton, who has guest starred in yet-to-be-aired episodes of Neighbours. … Continue reading Aboriginal actors allege racist incidents on set

Update: Teen Vogue editor quits over ‘racist tweets’

The recently appointed editor of Teen Vogue has said she will no longer join the magazine after a backlash over “racist and homophobic” tweets she wrote in 2011. Alexi McCammond said she had decided to part ways with Condé Nast, the magazine’s publisher. The publisher had come under pressure from staff who opposed her hiring, they wrote a scathing letter in which they rejected the sentiments expressed in Ms McCammond’s past tweets. In a statement on Twitter, Ms McCammond said her “past tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about”. “I … Continue reading Update: Teen Vogue editor quits over ‘racist tweets’

Teen Vogue editor Alexi McCammond apologises for ‘anti-Asian’ tweets

The newly-appointed editor of Teen Vogue has apologised for “racist and homophobic” tweets she wrote in 2011. Staff at the magazine signed a letter in protest at the hiring of Alexi McCammond, now 27, over the comments. The letter said it rejected her sentiments at this “moment of historically high anti-Asian violence”. “I’m sorry to have used such hurtful and inexcusable language,” McCammond tweeted on Wednesday. “I’ve apologised for my past racist and homophobic tweets and will reiterate that there’s no excuse for perpetuating those awful stereotypes in any way,” she added. A series of attacks on Asian-Americans have been reported … Continue reading Teen Vogue editor Alexi McCammond apologises for ‘anti-Asian’ tweets

Unilever drops word ‘normal’ from beauty products

Unilever will drop the word “normal” from its beauty products and ban excessive editing of models’ photos in a push for inclusivity. Dove’s owner said the editing ban would apply to “body shape, size, proportion and skin colour” and “normal” would be removed from 200 products. Its boss said it wanted to create a “more inclusive definition of beauty”. The firm has previously faced allegations that it promoted stereotypes around dark skin tones. The London-based firm, which also owns the Simple and Sure beauty brands, is set to make the changes over the next year. The ban on editing will … Continue reading Unilever drops word ‘normal’ from beauty products

Teenagers sue private school for $20M

A pair of teenage boys who were removed from a prestigious California Catholic school due to an alleged “blackface” photo are suing their former school for $20 million, claiming they were using acne treatment facial coverings. The former students, identified as H.H. and A.H., allege St. Francis High School in Mountain View wrongfully punished them for an “innocent” selfie and claim their punishment was increased due to heightened racial tensions over the fallout of George Floyd’s death, according to court records reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle. “This lawsuit is our attempt to redeem our names and reputations, and to correct the … Continue reading Teenagers sue private school for $20M