An Asian-run business in East Bay, located in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood, was targeted by racist attacks through hateful messages marked on its walls, KRON4 reported.
The New Tin’s Market on the neighborhood’s 7th Street saw slurs on its walls, with one saying: “Go back to China yellow f******”.
“Very discomforting and it’s also telling how dangerous it could be… it’s also almost inflaming in trying to create a so-called hate rally of others to go against our community,” Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce president Carl Chan said.
Chan informed the owners of the hateful messages marked on its walls. The owners already reported the incident to the police.
“The hate is still ongoing,” Chan said. “This is actually pretty much a pandemic and we must find ways and positive ways to stop this kind of hate not only against our community but all communities.”
Chan has been very vocal in opposing the said incidences for the area, particularly during the pandemic when anti-Asian attacks rose.
“I’m not talking about only this year. I’m talking about last year in 2020 when this and the rhetoric talking against the Asian community especially the pandemic and then our community to be blamed and many people, especially seniors, they were attacked, not only bullied but physically and some people were also killed just because of the rhetoric,” he said. “I think it’s important for people to realize the discrimination is there, the racism is there and we must find ways to educate everyone.”
The anti-Asian attacks in the community were addressed by patrols, he said, adding that it is among his plans to call on authorities from the local up to the federal level to unite and strategize on ending hate and racism in the area.