Every day, we see numerous reports of people being assaulted or yelled at by strangers out on the streets. The majority of the motives appear to be caused by prejudice. It’s understandable that people are frustrated about being “stuck” during the pandemic. We get it, we feel “stuck” as well, but that doesn’t give us or anyone the justification to hurt people. This is especially the time to be kind towards others because you don’t know what people are going through.
Living in Southern California is a blessing because diverse communities surround us. Authentic ethnic food is just minutes away from Los Angeles, whether we’re craving for Asian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, South American, European, or African cuisine. At the same time, many people around us might be first-generation immigrants, second, or have families who’ve settled for many generations. Regardless, we’re all trying to make a living one way or another.
Some people are willing to do the work that others don’t to make ends meet. Sometimes, the hustle is real, and we need to be respectful, which includes treating street vendors with respect. There is nothing funny about someone attacking the seller and their property. As long as the street vendor isn’t causing obvious trouble, let them do what they need to do in peace.
We see new reports of Asians being assaulted and yelled at every day, especially the elderly. They’re minding their own business and trying to carry out their day. It’s so sad to see surveillance footage of someone being pushed to the floor out of the blue. It’s worrisome because what if we or someone we know is the next victim because someone feels a certain way because of the way we look?
Be kind to others. There are actions we can take. If we ever see someone being assaulted in any form, we will step in. Taking a video recording while rushing in to intervene goes a long way as well. I know people may want to stay out of trouble, but it’s hard to stomach to just stand there and watch. Your action can save someone’s life. If we are victims, it’s important to speak up. Sometimes, we are scared to speak up, but that’s how attackers avoid accountability. Checking in your local organized groups to see how you can help prevent or address the issue counts. This is not even the beginning of what needs to happen. Even teaching your children what’s right and accountability will go far into their lives when it comes to values.