A 75-year-old San Francisco female resident of Asian American descent donated nearly $1 million raised as part of a crowdfunding campaign after she was the victim of a racially-biased attack.
Asian-Based Hate Crime
The family who started the GoFundMe for Xiao Zhen Xie, who was punched in the face by a man, announced the donation of the funds. The victim was assaulted while waiting at a traffic light and fought back using a stick she picked up. However, Xiao suffered two black eyes, a swollen wrist, and PTSD.
Thousands of supporters raised more than $933,600 in donations by Wednesday morning. Initially, the goal of the GoFundMe campaign was to collect $50,000 for Xiao. The victim’s grandson, John Chen, said his grandmother’s condition was slowly getting better. He said she insisted on donating the money the community raised to help the Asian American community.
“She said we must not submit to racism and we must fight to the death if necessary. She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than Her,” Chen said, USA Today reported.
Video footage of the incident was recorded after the attack. It showed Xiao holding the stick in one hand and an ice bag in the other. The suspect could be seen bloodied, handcuffed, and lying on a stretcher. “You bum, why did you hit me?” Xiao said in Chinese.