Battered face of Mexican-American woman, 70, ‘attacked by racist who thought she was Asian-American’
Mexican American woman, 70, is beaten on LA bus by racist black woman, 23, who thought she was Asian American
- The 70-year-old victim, identified by her son Becky, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, swollen eyes and her hair pulled out.
- She was attacked last Friday while on her way to run errands in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles
- Los Angeles police arrested 23-year-old Yasmine Beasley on suspicion of the attack
- Beasley assaulted the 70-year-old while trying to get out of the bus after calling her an anti-Asian slur, despite Becky being Mexican-American.
- The misidentified attack against Beck is part of a rising trend of hate crime against Asians in America
An elderly Mexican-American woman was severely beaten by a racist bus passenger who mistook her for an Asian-American, the victim’s son said.
The 70-year-old victim, called only Becky by her son Pete, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, puffy eyes and her hair pulled out last Friday.
She was attacked while on her way to run errands in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles police arrested 23-year-old Yasmine Beasley shortly afterward on suspicion of the attack. KTLA 5 reported.
Beasley is said to have assaulted the 70-year-old while trying to get out of the bus after calling her an anti-Chinese slur, despite Becky being Mexican-American.
A 70-year-old Los Angeles woman was seriously injured after being attacked on a bus last Friday
Becky, who is Mexican American, was attacked by 23-year-old Yasmine Beasley, who hurled anti-Asian libel before the attack.
The 23-year-old is said to have dragged Becky from behind to the front of the bus while fellow passengers watched and did not intervene.
‘Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver, ”said Pete The Eastsider
He identified Becky’s attacker as black and says the attack did not end until Becky called the emergency number. He says his family is regularly mistaken for Asian-American.
The alleged identity-swapping attack against Becky is part of a rising trend of hate crime against Asian-American people.
Beasley was charged with a battery charge as police continue to investigate the incident.
Becky was held in hospital for 24 hours before she was released, but her son says she still has trouble walking after the attack aggravated her pre-existing condition of lupus arthritis and other disabilities, the Eastsider reported.
Becky was held in hospital for 24 hours before she was released, but her son says she still has difficulty walking after the attack
Becky suffered a concussion, a broken nose, puffy eyes and her hair pulled out, her son said
Increased awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US has led to the popular ‘Stop Asian Hate’ movement online and in rallies across the country
Since the coronavirus shutdown in the US last March, a report Stop Asian-American Pacific Islander Hate (AAPI) has documented 3,795 racially motivated attacks on Asian Americans in the past year alone.
Former President Donald Trump was himself accused of stirring up anti-Asian hatred during his tenure after repeatedly referring to COVID-19 as “ the Chinese virus. ”
When a reporter was challenged about his use of the term at a White House press conference, Trump said, “ It’s not racist at all. Because (COVID-19) is from China. ‘
Increased awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US has led to the popular ‘Stop Asian Hate’ movement online and in rallies across the country.
In March, six Asian women among eight people were murdered in three massages at massage parlors in the Atlanta area.
Alleged shooter Robert Aaron Long, 21, is said to have blamed the shootings for his sex addiction.
Police said he opened fire on massage parlors to try to “ ban the temptation, ” but anti-racism activists say the massacre shows how vulnerable Asian-American people are to violence.