New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife apparently would like citizens to “physically intervene” in an effort to stop violent crimes. This comes just nine months after she managed to convince her husband that he ought to support the “defund the police” movement in shifting the city’s funds from the police to “youth initiatives and social services.”
The total number of shootings in New York City doubled in 2020 and soared by 75 percent last month compared to a year prior. This does not include the rise in burglaries and the unprovoked violence against Asian people in the city—something that the Daily Wire reported has become endemic.
“As attacks on Asian American communities continue, we’re asking New Yorkers to show up for their neighbors and intervene when witnessing hateful violence or harassment. I know that can be frightening when you aren’t sure what to do or say, but you can learn,” New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray wrote on Twitter March 6. “Fear is a normal feeling when stepping into a confrontation, but being prepared can help.”
She suggested that witnesses to a hate crime or incident step in and directly engage with the person being targeted by asking questions like: “What time is it?”
She also encouraged witnesses to “respond directly to the aggressor or physically intervene and only after assessing the situation. Be confident, assertive, calm. This is risky, but sometimes all we can do is speak up.”
She went on to say that people could also “support a person in crisis by recording on your phone” and “Check in with the survivor after the incident. This shows them that they are valued.”
McCray was inspired to make these remarks a week after Yong Zheng was murdered in Brooklyn while intervening in such a situation, attempting to bring aid to a stranger, who was also Asian, whom he saw being robbed.
De Blasion put McCray in charge of a “Commission on Racial Justice and Reconciliation” back in June—an effort meant to examine whether monuments and buildings honoring founding fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson should be removed and/or renamed due to their association with slavery, according to the New York Post.
The far left has been more than willing to insert what is known as presentism—which is the idea of applying modern-day ethics to various historical periods.
The Daily Wire reported:
That came after she overrode residents’ vote to erect a statue honoring Mother Frances Cabrini, an Italian-American nun. The statue would have been just one of seven, three of whom were black. McCray said that though the nun “set an example of compassion and leadership that resonates powerfully today…it will take many more years to correct centuries of neglect and the glaring gender and ethnic imbalance in our public spaces.”
The prevalence of anti-Asian hate crimes is not uncommon in New York City, with the N.Y.P.D. listing 20 arrests for alleged anti-Asian hate crimes in just 2020 alone. The majority of the suspects in each of those crimes were black.
It was on February 25, 2021, that 23-year-old Salman Mufihi allegedly stabbed a 36-year-old Asian man and said: “If he dies, he dies. I don’t give a f**k,” according to CNN. De Blasio noted that it was a “horrible act of violence against an Asian American man out of nowhere, just pure hatred” and went on to say that “we have to stop hate.” Mufihi was, as a result, not charged with a hate crime.
This is just one of the many crimes that have been committed against Asians in the Big Apple.