We belong here: Over a thousand march against anti-Asian hate in Flushing

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The continuing, unabated rise in anti-Asian violence came to head on Sunday as over a thousand marched in Queens to protest the unprovoked attacks, which have been plaguing the city.

Beginning in Flushing, a who’s who of elected officials and renowned individuals gathered at 137-35 Northern Boulevard on the steps of the neighborhood’s town hall. Here hundreds watched as the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and many, many more rejected injustice to much applause and fanfare.

Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at a rally against anti-hate in Flushing on May 2. Photo by Gabriele Holtermann

“We must stop the profiling of Asian Americans. When we saw an attack in Harlem against an Asian American, we don’t need to send a message. We need to come and bring the message. When Blacks attack Asians, Black leaders need to stand up. When whites attack other whites, whites need to stand up. I’ve come to tell you that we are not going to stand by and allow hate between one another. You can’t fight hate against one without fighting hate against all,” Reverend Al Sharpton said, adding, “Hate is wrong no matter who the victim is!”

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