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5.15.2020

So Another Guy Wore a Klan Mask to the Grocery Store

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Colorado Man Wears KKK Mask Inside Grocery Store
In Colorado, police are asking for community help in identifying a man who wore a Ku Klux Klan mask inside a local grocery store Thursday. Shoppers at the Dillon City Market were treated to the sight of a dude wearing a Klan-style pointed hood picking up some 2% in the dairy aisle. When store employees asked him to leave, he apparently refused. Police were called to the scene, but pointy reportedly left the area before they arrived. So is this becoming a thing? For the record, this is an entirely different incident from that other guy who wore a Klan hood in a San Diego area supermarket.

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Koreatown Company Accused of Touting Radish Paste as Coronavirus Deterrent
In Los Angeles, the city attorney announced a lawsuit against a local company for allegedly selling a radish paste as a way to prevent people from contracting COVID-19. According to the lawsuit, filed against Koreatown-based Insan Healing, the radish paste product had not been tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or state agencies as a way to protect people against the virus, and advertising it as such is against California's laws of unfair competition.

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Asian American Doctors Created A Video To Challenge COVID-19 Racism
With the Asian Americans being widely scapegoated for COVID-19, a group of Asian American health care workers on the coronavirus front line created a video speaking out against the hate.

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Seadrift
In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shot and killed a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, Texas. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of Vietnamese refugee arrival in the U.S., Tim Tsai's feature documentary Seadrift examines the circumstances that led up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, and reveals the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today. The film is currently streaming on PBS.org.

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Online Class: Facing AAPI Race-Based Harassment
We all know the coronavirus pandemic has given rise to anti-Asian harassment and even violence. But will you know what to do if you are personally targeted or witness anti-Asian harassment? IMPACT Bay Area is offering free online classes to empower the community during the pandemic. From using your voice to expanding your self-care toolkit, they're here to help you and your loved ones grow your safety and confidence while remaining safe at home in support of public health. Find out more and register here.