BY C.C. YIN AND KENNETH FONG SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE
In addition to the horror of watching an innocent woman of Asian descent get punched and kicked outside a luxury apartment building in New York City simply because of her race, what caught our eye as much as the violence was the reaction of the security guard inside the building — he closed the door!
That action summarized how the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have felt for a long time when it comes to feeling acceptance in this country: The door is closed to us.
At that moment, we knew it was time to do more than just stand on the sidelines and watch our people continue to be victims of verbal and physical hate.