Hundreds Rally In Chinatown To Stand Up Against Violence, Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Community

A huge crowd gathered in Chinatown on Saturday afternoon to stand up against hate in the wake of recent attacks on the Asian American community. CBS 2's Brandon Merano reports Chinatown Square was packed with people painting a picture of unity.

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JIM WILLIAMS: A huge crowd gathered in Chicago's Chinatown this afternoon to stand up against hate in the wake of recent attacks on the Asian-American community. CBS 2's Brandon Merano is live in Chinatown with that. Brandon?

BRANDON MERANO: Jim, Chinatown Square may look close to empty right now, but just a few hours ago, it was packed with people painting a picture of unity.

- Black people, white people, Asian people, we should all be speaking as one.

[APPLAUSE]

BRANDON MERANO: A message of change Saturday at Chinatown Square.

- This perception is held by ignorance.

BRANDON MERANO: Educating those who still hold this perception today.

HENRY LEE: I feel that personally.

BRANDON MERANO: Attacks on people of Asian descent that Henry Lee has experienced.

HENRY LEE: I mean, we're all humans. It's why people of all colors backgrounds and religions got involved.

BUMPER CARROLL: We feel like we have a responsibility to be here and kind of show up and show out in a really public way.

BRANDON MERANO: This rally, the second in the last two weeks, is the beginning of an ongoing battle to end this.

DANNY DAVIS: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

- Yeah!

BRANDON MERANO: With a virus heightening the hatred in a community hit by break-ins, burglaries, and hate crimes.

THERESA MAH: Even well before this past year, we've seen attacks against members of our community.

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BRANDON MERANO: This community is hoping to change the tune. Now, the city has, in the last couple of years, installed updated lighting and hired more Asian-speaking officers to help with the problem, but city leaders say they're still far, far away from solving this problem. Jim?