Hate Is A Virus: Protesting Anti-Asian Sentiment In Elk Grove
Due to the coronavirus’s origin, hate crimes against Asian Americans have spiked dramatically. One Elk Grove resident, Dr. Allen Duong, and his son Timothy Duong, were concerned that such tragedies would happen in their city. They wanted Elk Grove residents to know that racism and hatred would not be tolerated. So, they drew up cardboard signs and made their voices heard at one of the busiest intersections in Elk Grove.
Violence Against Asians Spiking
Across the United States, there is a rise in anti-Asian sentiment. Generally, elderly Asian Americans have been attacked by strangers. Unfortunately, Elk Grove is not immune to this hatred. Several months ago, Umai Bar & Grill was vandalized. Sprayed on the front doors of the restaurant were racist Asian slurs.
But one resident and his son found recent events disturbing enough to speak up. Dr. Allen Duong is an acupuncturist, and his clinic, Blessed Acupuncture And Wellness can be found in Elk Grove. Timothy Duong is his 16 year old son, and both were growing uncomfortable with the hatred shown towards Asians in the country. They decided to make signs out of cardboard and stood outside the corner of Laguna and Bruceville Road in protest.
What followed was an outpouring of support and love. Cars honked and people waved. Other people made their own signs and stood with the pair.
Dr. Duong and his son intend to host another event. On March 21st, the pair intend to stand at the corner of Laguna and Bruceville again. They are inviting others to join them in solidarity.