A tweet from a Twin Cities anchor detailing a racist tirade against a number of Asian families at a bus stop — including her own — has caught the attention of law enforcement.
On Friday, KARE 11 reporter Gia Vang shared her father's account of a driver who "was yelling at every Asian parent at the bus stop, including (my father), to get out of America, or they’ll be killed":
According to subsequent tweets, Vang's father was dropping off his grandson for school that morning, along with several other people waiting with their children for the school bus.
"The woman yelled at him first and then proceeded to drive by all the other Asian guardians waiting with their children to get out or be killed," Vang wrote.
"He’s confused. He feels unsafe. He’s angry. He’s hurt. He doesn’t know if there’s justice for the emotional trauma that driver wreaked. He doesn’t know if she’ll come back and do more or worse harm."
Vang notes that her father fought on the side of the U.S. during the Secret War in Laos.
"This country is as much his as anyone else’s," she says.
In an interview with the Sahan Journal, Vang's father, Tsong Tong Vang, described the driver as a young African-American woman.
"As a veteran who’s seen his share of combat, Vang doesn’t scare easily," the news site writes. "But the incident at the bus stop, days after a gunman killed eight people including six Asian women in Georgia, made him worry about his family."
In her tweets, Gia Vang said the incident was reported to the authorities. BringMeTheNews reached out to the St. Paul Police Department, who responded with the following:
At this time, there isn’t a police report about the incident, but we’re aware of the incident and are actively working to gather more information. Specifically, we’re trying to speak to the victims so we can take a report and move an investigation along.
"There’s no room for bias-motivated crimes in Saint Paul or anywhere else," the department added. "We take all reports seriously and investigate aggressively."
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the police at 651-291-1111.
As USA Today reports, there has been an uptick in racist incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. over the last year — with some 3,800 incidents of hate, discrimination or attacks recorded by the nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate.
The paper notes that this coincided with the rise of coronavirus in the U.S., which a number of people have blamed on Asian Americans in their communities.
The aforementioned Atlanta spa shootings — in which a gunman killed eight people, including at least six Asian American woman — has sparked a national conversation about this trend.