Thousands Rally In Chicago Chinatown To Fight Racism
CHICAGO, Mar 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) – More than a thousand people of all races, gathered at Chinatown Square, in the South Side of Chicago, yesterday afternoon, to protest against increasing crimes, targeting people of Asian descent, and the savage killing of eight people, including six Asian women, in the Atlanta area, Georgia, on Mar 16.
People holding banners reading: “Zero tolerance for racism,” “Stop Asian Hate,” “I stand with Asian Americans,” “We need justice,” “Racial discrimination must end,” “We are not virus, discrimination is virus,” “United now against racist violence,” “End the violence,” “Hate has no room here,” flocked to Chinatown Square starting noon, to make their voices heard. Local officials and district police chief, including President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Representative, Theresa Mah, joined them.
By organising the event, “we hope to be heard,” and to unite local residents under a common goal of building a safer and better Chinese community, in cooperation with the local government and the police, Grace Chan, executive director of the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), said, in an interview.
CBCAC co-hosted the protest with the Chinatown Security Foundation.
CBCAC and the Chinatown Security Foundation have also raised five demands for action at the event — to increase public safety in Chinatown, take anti-Asian hate crimes seriously, create a website to report anti-Asian hate crimes and the outcome of these reports, pass the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act, and fund Asian American organisations that reach out to the Asian American community, with special focus on senior citizens.
Crimes against local residents in Chinatown in Chicago have increased sharply since 2020. In Feb, 2020, two Chinese men were shot dead in a parking lot in Chinatown; and in Dec, 2020, a 33-year-old man of Chinese descent was fatally shot, while being carjacked in the Bridgeport neighbourhood, bordering Chinatown. There were also numerous carjacking, robberies and break-ins.
“We cannot keep silent anymore,” Chan said.