Sunday night, a popular cafe in the Mission District was tagged with anti-Semitic hate speech. It’s another example of the growing number of hate incidents in the city.
The latest figures show that 28 hate crimes were reported in San Francisco, one hate crime every five and a half days. The department is now expanding its tipline to nine languages.
Outside Manny’s in the Mission District of San Francisco, those who passed by and dined out on Sundays had an unsavory view.
Hate-spitting words in large blue letters “Racist Pigz” and “Free Palestine” were heard at the Jewish-owned venue.
“It’s getting me down,” said Pacifica’s Kristen Meyer. “It’s right next to my Love Story yoga studio and that’s how it should be. Everyone should feel welcome.”
“It’s not nice to see this news,” said Dan Kennedy of San Francisco. “At the same time, I’m used to seeing a lot of graffiti on the mission.”
The police chief admits that there have been other acts of violence against color communities that may not meet the legal definition of a hate crime.
Of the 28 crimes, most are anti-Asian (39 percent), anti-black (18 percent) and anti-Jewish (14 percent).
For all of last year, there have been 48 reported hate crimes in San Francisco, one report every seven and a half days.
“We are here to announce that we are launching a multilingual information line on hate crimes,” said San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott.
The hotline (415) 558-5588 has been expanded to accept callers speaking nine languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Thai. The leaders of the Asian-American community have gathered for this.
“We all know that hate does not discriminate, hate affects us all,” said APAPA chairman Dennis Wu.
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