Two Black Teen girls whose shocking and violent attacks went viral and ended in a Muslim man’s death in Washington DC while he was working have been given a rapid cushy plea deal to basically get off without any punishment.
“Two teen girls accused of car-jacking and killing an Uber Eats driver in D.C. ‘reach plea deal with prosecutor ensuring they will not be held past the age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility, “DailyMail UK reported.
The condition in a nutshell: Two Black Teens killed an Asian man, Mohammad Anwar, an immigrant from Pakistan, and showed absolutely no remorse at all while they passed the body of the man they killed to look for their phones. The Black Mayor of DC, who supports and defends Black Lives Matter, tweeted out a callous tweet after the event, and now the girls will not face any consequences for their violent crime.
“The two killers of Mohammed Anwar getting a plea deal that avoids prison time is a perfect example of both female privilege and black privilege. No way in hell does a white male teenager who murders a Pakistani immigrant get a deal like that, especially in DC,” Matt Walsh posted on Twitter.
“The two girls charged in the death of Mohammed Anwar are getting a plea deal in a few days. The youngest girl was involved in a car-jacking in January! They won’t be tried as adults! And, they’re out on bail!!” A poster on Twitter wrote in reaction to the news of the plea deal.
Paul Joesph Watson wrote about the plea deal:
“The shocking incident which occurred last month was caught on camera but received little media attention amidst a media narrative about “white supremacy” posing the biggest threat to Asians.
Mohammad Anwar resisted the two African-American girls’ efforts to steal his vehicle as the pair used a taser to try to subdue him.
The clip shows the girls driving off with the car as Anwar clings onto the door. A loud smash is then heard as the car crashes, violently throwing Anwar from the vehicle while both girls escape relatively unharmed,” he wrote.
The two teenage girls who were charged with murder after the brutal carjack killing of a Pakistani Uber Eats driver may be back on the streets within years after reportedly securing a plea deal.https://t.co/Fz9OYM85oL
At the same time, Trump supporters have spent weeks in prison waiting for hearings on the events of Jan. 6th; it is curious to note how quickly these two teens were processed and given a very light sentence for a violent crime that ended up in the death of a man.
“Two 14-year-old boys were arrested Wednesday [Janurary 28 2021] on suspicion they were involved in the fatal stabbing of a 31-year-old woman who was delivering for Uber Eats in Haltom City on Saturday, officials announced.
The suspects, whose identities weren’t released because they’re juveniles, wanted to steal her car but couldn’t find her keys, according to police. They also took her iPhone 7.
The two suspects appeared separately in Tarrant County Juvenile Court on Thursday morning for virtual detention hearings, where officials read from a police report stating a confidential informant told law enforcement of their involvement and that one of them was planning to leave town. The teens came before a judge in a juvenile processing facility for a formal admission, officials said. They are charged with delinquent conduct/capital murder.”
So do the teen girls who killed the Asian man have some sort of special status?
The left has completely shifted our justice system to their social justice system it appears. That is what happens with the far left are elected to govern.
Protesters are saying YG’s song “Meet the Flockers” celebrates violence against Asian Americans.
Asian Americans protested Wednesday night outside a concert in Maryland, criticizing California rap artist YG for a song whose lyrics talk about burglarizing homes in Chinese neighborhoods.
“It glorifies crime against Asian Americans,” Cliff Li, one of the rally organizers, told NBC News. “We want to say it’s wrong to glorify crime against everybody.”
Holding signs that read “STOP Cultural Violence” and “Respect everybody, Respect yourself,” between 30 and 50 protesters, most of them Chinese American, gathered outside YG’s concert at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, Li said, about six miles north of Washington, D.C.
The controversy centers on YG’s “Meet The Flockers” and its music video, released in 2014. The lyrics, which critics say detail how to commit a burglary, begin: “First, you find a house and scope it out. Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.”
The music video shows two armed men, with bandanas partially covering their faces, entering a house as the camera pans over to a framed photo of an Asian-American family of four.
Outrage over “Meet The Flockers” comes almost a month after a Chinese-American woman made headlines for confronting three intruders who had entered her Atlanta-area home in the middle of the night on Sept. 16.
The woman opened fire with her own handgun, and at least two armed suspects returned fire, according to NBC Atlanta affiliate 11Alive. One suspect was killed in the exchange, while two others escaped and were still at large, the news station reported. The woman was not charged.
There is no confirmation whether the incident was related to the song, but Li said it was one of the factors that led to the protests against the song.
Five days after the Atlanta incident, a White House petition was created, saying “‘Meet the Flockers’ by YG encourages violence and crimes to a specific ethnic group.” The online petition asks for the song to be banned from “public media” and for the “legal responsibilities of the writer” to be investigated.
As of Friday morning, the petition had received more than 71,000 signatures.
“Think about all the inner-city kids, think about all the kids in the United States and all over the world, if they watch this, what kind of influence will it have on these kids,” said Li, secretary general of the New Civil Rights Alliance, one of the groups that demonstrated.
YG did not return emails from NBC News requesting comment on the protest.
Li said demonstrators were also upset by YG and Nipsey Hussle’s “FDT” song and video, which features rappers singing the refrain “f**k Donald Trump” as people display the middle finger at the camera.
“I feel this is the wrong way to use an art form to distort a lot of facts the candidate said,” Li added.
Additional protests against the rap artists and what demonstrators called cultural violence are being planned for this weekend and next week, Li said, in cities where YG will appear for “The F**k Donald Trump Tour.”
As early as I can remember, my dad, an immigrant from Taiwan, would nonchalantly use the term 黑鬼 (hēi guǐ), Mandarin for “black ghost” and essentially the Chinese equivalent of the n-word, to refer to Black people.
From a young age, I understood that the racial discrimination perpetuated against Black people in this country was mirrored in the sentiments of members of my community — a community that also faces intolerance in this country.
There have been ways in which this racial divide has been represented by the victimization of Asians, from coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots to reports of targeted attacks against Asians by Black people. It could be argued that the violence is mutual, but in reality, the Asian community and Asian-owned businesses have much responsibility to bear when it comes to anti-Black violence.
On Friday, August 3, a dispute over an eyebrow wax became physical at New Red Apple Nails on Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush, NY. According to a report in the New York Post, customer Christina Thomas was at the nail salon with her sister and grandmother when she received an unsatisfactory eyebrow waxing and refused to pay for the service.
The staff ended up getting violent with the three Black women, with employees hitting them with broomsticks, dustpans, and their hands. A Facebook video of the brawl went viral, which led to protesters trying to shut the down the salon, as well as other Asian-owned nail salons. It also led to a movement amongst Black women to patronize Black-owned businesses.
The New York Healthy Nail Salon Coalition was quick to condemn the violence of New Red Apple Nails’ employees, stating that “at no point, is any level of violence needed or justified,” while Asian American community organizations banded together to call out our complicity to Black oppression. “White supremacy is upheld when Asian American workers who are sometimes exploited with long days and low pay may unjustly take their frustration out with Black customers,” the statement read.
This incident does not stand alone. In fact, there is a long history of Black-Asian conflict in America, and tensions were especially high in the early 1990s in New York and Los Angeles. In 1990, the Flatbush boycott, also known as the Family Red Apple boycott, broke out following the assault of a Haitian woman by employees of the Korean-owned grocery in Brooklyn’s predominately-Black Flatbush neighborhood.
Black protestors called for the boycott of all Korean-owned stores. In 1991, convenience store owner Soon Ja Du shot and killed 15-year-old Latasha Harlins after she wrongly accused Harlins of trying to shoplift a bottle of orange juice from her South Los Angeles store; a security camera video showed the girl had money in her hand to pay for it. Du didn’t serve any jail time.
Harlins’ death is cited as a catalyst to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which Korean-owned stores were targeted, looted, and destroyed. Fast-forward to March last year, when Black community members in Charlotte, NC protested Missha Beauty store after owner Sung Ho Lim was filmed choking a Black female customer he suspected of stealing. These infamous incidents have become emblematic of Black-Korean conflict, which has been widely documented and researched.
“Although ‘Black-Korean conflict’ may have largely disappeared from front page headline news, the reality of racially-distinct immigrant small business entrepreneurs operating in poor, underserved minority neighborhoods persists as a formula for potential conflict,” wrote author Miliann Kang in The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work. “The potential for misunderstandings and dissatisfaction remains high in service exchanges involving emotional and embodied dimensions across various social divisions.”
Each publicized incident called into question the anti-Black biases of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans. But the boycotts that followed were often xenophobia-tinged retaliations, depicting a sort of tit-for-tat cycle between communities. In the protests following the August 3 incident at New Red Apple Nails, “Where’s ICE?” was heard among the chants outside of a second salon blocks away, Beautiful Red Apple Nails, according to New York Post. An employee at Beautiful Red Apple Nails told the New York Times that the two similarly-named businesses are not owned by the same people.
In 1990, the Haitian woman involved in the scuffle that began the Flatbush boycott allegedly told the cashier, “Yon Chinese, Korean motherfucker. Go back to your country,” according to a report from The New Republic. During the ensuing protests, a Black teen bashed the skull of a Vietnamese resident with a hammer, as his accomplices yelled “Koreans go home.”
These sentiments mirror the xenophobic rhetoric often experienced by non-white immigrants, and call to mind, for Asian Americans, the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese man who was murdered by two white men who mistook him for Japanese. People of color often adopt the same an anti-immigrant mentality and buy into the fear of Yellow Peril created by white supremacy and nationalism — systems that make everybody complicit to them, including the oppressed.
Sociologist Tamara K. Nopper argued against depicting these Black-Asian conflicts as “mutual misunderstanding” in a 2015 article. “The use of ‘mutual’ misunderstanding suggests shared status or power, with each group contributing to each other’s vulnerability and suffering,” Nopper wrote. “The employment of the mutual misunderstanding framework suggests Asian store owners desire identification with and from Black customers across class and race lines. Yet many studies of Asian immigrant storeowners show they hold racist views of Black people and associate them with negative qualities purportedly absent among Asians.”
Asian Americans must admit and rectify the ways we uphold white supremacy, namely our anti-Blackness. Much like the U.S., Asian countries suffer from colorism and caste systems within their own societies. “Anti-Blackness is foundational to the creation of America,” said Diane Wong, an assistant professor and faculty fellow at NYU Gallatin, whose research has focused on the gentrification of Chinatowns and Afro-Asian solidarities. “It’s no secret then that anti-Blackness is reflected in Asian immigrant families, businesses, institutions and interpersonal relationships on a frequent basis.”
As a society, we have “progressed” from lynchings to viral videos of violence against Black people, from police killings and brutality to baseless accusations of criminality. In retail spaces, Black people continue to experience racism and antagonization. When Asians internalize and perpetuate anti-Black racism and violence, we are reifying our complicity and driving a deeper wedge between the minority groups.
It’s important to note that two groups are not equally positioned in larger structures of power, especially when one racial group is profiting off the other, which is oftentimes the case in these violent clashes between Black people and Asians.
“Race is certainly a factor, but it is not the only factor,” Kang, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, said in an interview. Kang’s research has focused on Asian-owned nail salons and their racially diverse customers. “Many nail salon workers are under pressure to work quickly and keep costs down, which does not create the best environment for building customer relations.
The potential for tensions is heightened by the intimacy of the service, which involves direct physical contact, and the fact that many of the workers and owners are immigrants who do not speak the language or understand the culture of their customers.” In these scenarios, the tension is stoked by economic stress: the salon workers who often work for low wages under poor conditions, and the mostly working class clientele who cannot afford to waste money on subpar service.
Kang stressed the importance of putting these largely publicized conflicts in context. “I have observed hundreds of interactions in salons in this neighborhood that were very cordial and where workers and customers were very respectful and appreciative of each other,” she said.
Our perspectives are largely shaped by the way Black-Asian conflict is covered in media. “There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to reporting on salient issues that affect both Black and Asian communities,” Wong said. However, when videos of Asian business owners and workers inflicting violence on Black customers go viral, when Asian American activists protest in support for Peter Liang, an NYPD officer who shot an unarmed Black man in a stairwell, the message received by the public is that Asians do not care about Black lives.
These acts of violence are only a microcosm of the conflict between the minority groups, moments when the tension bubbles up to the surface and pops. There have been many ways statistics about Asian American achievement and the “model minority” myth have been used as a wedge between Asians and other minority groups, most notably through Ed Blum’s anti-affirmative action lawsuit against Harvard.
Many Asian Americans have thrown their support behind ending affirmative action and in support of standardized testing in school admission, placing their own concerns ahead of the communities marginalized by these systems, namely Black, Brown, and indigenous peoples.
As a kid, I used to cringe when my dad, a self-proclaimed Democrat, would use slurs to refer to Black people, sometimes rolling my eyes and shouting “Daddy!” at him. Now, I realize that I must do more than just cringe. It is my generation’s job to undo the legacy of anti-Black racism within our communities and to resist complicity with white supremacy — and it starts with talking about it.