Mexican-American woman, 70, ‘is battered on LA bus by racist black woman, 23, who thought she was Asian-American’
- The 70-year-old victim, identified by her son as Becky, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, swollen eyes and had her hair pulled out
- She was targeted attacked last Friday on her way to go grocery shopping in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood
- Los Angeles police arrested 23-year-old Yasmine Beasley on suspicion of the attack
- Beasley attacked the 70-year-old as she was trying to get off the bus after calling her an anti-Asian slur, despite Becky being Mexican-American
- The mistaken identity attack against Beck is part of a rising trend of hate crimes against Asians in America
An elderly Mexican-American woman was badly beaten by a racist bus passenger who mistook her for an Asian-American, the victim’s son said.
The 70-year-old victim, named only as Becky by her son Pete, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, swollen eyes and had her hair pulled out last Friday.
She was attacked while on her way to go grocery shopping in Los Angeles‘ Eagle Rock neighborhood.
Los Angeles police arrested 23-year-old Yasmine Beasley shortly afterwards on suspicion of the attack, KTLA 5 reported.
Beasley allegedly attacked the 70-year-old as she was trying to get off the bus after calling her an anti-Chinese slur, despite Becky being Mexican-American.
A 70-year-old Los Angeles woman suffered serious injuries after being attacked last Friday on a bus
Becky, who is Mexican-American, was attacked by 23-year-old Yasmine Beasley, who hurled anti-Asian slurs before the assault
The 23-year-old allegedly dragged Becky from the back to the front of the bus as fellow passengers watched and did not intervene.
‘Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,’ Pete told The Eastsider.
He identified Becky’s attacker as black, and says the assault only ended when Becky called 911. He says his family are regularly mistaken for being Asian-American.
The alleged mistaken-identity attack against Becky is part of a rising trend of hate crimes against Asian-American people.
Beasley was charged with battery as police continue investigating the incident.
Becky was held in the hospital for 24 hours before being released but her son says she still has difficulty walking after the attack worsened her pre-existing condition of lupus arthritis and other disabilities, the Eastsider reported.
Becky was held in the hospital for 24 hours before being released but her son says she still has difficulty walking after the attack
Becky suffered a concussion, a broken nose, swollen eyes and had her hair pulled out, her son said
Raised awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US has led to the popular ‘Stop Asian Hate’ movement online and in rallies across the nation
Since the coronavirus shutdown in the US last march, a report from Stop Asian-American Pacific Islander Hate (AAPI) has documented at least 3,795 racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans in the last year alone.
Former President Donald Trump was himself accused of stoking anti-Asian hatred while in office after repeatedly referring to COVID-19 as ‘the China virus.’
When challenged about his use of the term by a reporter at a White House press briefing, Trump said: ‘ It’s not racist at all. Because (COVID-19) comes from China.’
Increased awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US has led to the popular ‘Stop Asian Hate’ movement online and in rallies across the nation.
In March, six Asian women were among eight people murdered during three shootings at Atlanta-area massage parlors.
Alleged gunman Robert Aaron Long, 21, is said to have blamed the shootings on his sex addiction.
Police said he opened fire on the massage parlors to try and ‘eliminate temptation’, but anti-racism campaigners say the massacre highlights how vulnerable Asian-American people are to violence.