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Bayside Resident Assaulted by Bigot in Anti-Asian Attack Caught on Camera

Man caught on video making racist statements (Sungmin Kwon/ Facebook)

June 19, 2020 By Allie Griffin

A Bayside resident was assaulted by an alleged bigot at a local 7-Eleven last week and the whole incident was caught on tape.

Sungmin Kwon, a South Korean student at Queens College, was picking up snacks at the convenience store, located at 218-01 Northern Blvd., on June 13 when he heard a white man allegedly making anti-Asian statements.

Kwon wrote in a Facebook post that he heard the man calling Asians filthy and saying that they do not belong in the U.S. He then called him out for the comments.

The alleged bigot then tried to kick Kwon and called him a “g–k.” Kwon, according to his post, then decided to pull out his phone and film the man.

In the video posted to Facebook, a man wearing a blue shirt can be heard saying, “Get the f–k out of here you g–k” and taunting Kwon.

The man reaches for Kwon’s phone and pushes him to the ground, again calling him a “f–king g–k,” the video shows.

Kwon called the police after the incident, but the man had already left before officers arrived, the New York Daily News reported.

Kwon, in a statement, said he was very disturbed by the attack and racist comments. He described them “intolerable and ugly.”

“I put up the video because I wanted to send the message of how disgusting racism is and it’s still alive and well no matter where you are,” he said.

The NYPD confirmed there is a report of the incident on file and said the Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

State Sen. John Liu, whose district includes Bayside, condemned the assault in a statement.

“This incident is a show of disgusting behavior by a violent hateful racist physically attacking Sungmin while calling him ‘g–k’, a racial slur of the highest degree of offense to Asian-Americans,” Liu said.
“It also reminds us of the discrimination Asian-Americans have faced during the COVID-19 crisis, having been heavily scapegoated for the pandemic.”

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Crackerazzcracker

If anyone ever sticks their camera phone in my face ill break their phone also. I dont blame him. People start stuff then they pull out camera.

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Rican on the 80

Donald Trump encourages this type of behavior, with his anti immigrant laws, and ” build that wall ” , MAGA hat. That’s why all these racist people are coming out. Stop the racism, stop harassing people that comes from different countries illegal or not. This is why we are protesting and we will continue.

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Concerned American

Is it okay to ask the immigration status of the Korean student ? . Is it those DACA kids ?

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USSR

What does that even have to do with the situation? Any POC=illegal???? What about the other % of whites that are also illegal?????

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Nick

Someone identify this Karen. And let’s see if Asian Lives Matter to the Irish cops in Bill de Blasio’s NYPD.

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Harry Queens

The Korean guy was fully justified to fight back in self-defense. He should have f’ed that racist up.

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Phil

I agree he should have but instead he backed down like a typical quiet Asian and then made some tough guy Facebook post about how he wanted to smack him around.

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Reality check

No, the kid was being smart. He will have the last laugh and see the racist go to jail for assault with hate crime identifier. People like you with an ego trip are the ones who will be locked up. Go ahead and punch the kid. Let see what happens.

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