Neighbors stand guard at Asian-American family's home after they were harassed by racist extremists

Neighbors stand guard at Asian-American family's home after they were harassed by racist extremists

Earlier this month, an Asian-American family was anticipating their annual celebration of the Lunar New Year at their Orange County, Calif. home but their festivities went awry when their event was crashed by racist extremists. Now, neighbors are rallying behind the family to protect their home.

According to The Washington Post, on the day of the Lunar New Year celebration, Haijun Si and his family were confronted by racist teenagers who banged on Si's door as they hurled racist epithets and lobbed rocks at the home. During an interview with the publication, Si recalled the harrowing events that transpired at his home.

"They yell, punch the door and windows, and ring the bell day and night," Si said. While speaking with the publication, he also revealed that unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened. Si revealed over the last few months, he'd contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Department about the situation, but to no avail.

"I installed a camera and a fence, but they kept coming back," he said. "They are scaring my kids at night. They are afraid to go in their room themselves, so we have to move them to our room for almost five months now."

Only On KCAL 9: Neighbors Help Stop Harassment Of Asian American Family In Ladera Ranch www.youtube.com


Following the recent incident, Si reached out to his neighbor Layla Parks. While she is aware of the occasional antics teenagers are accustomed to, she admitted she was not aware of the severity of the harassment Si and his family were facing.

"I did not understand the extent of the harassment and how often it was occurring," she said. "I was outraged, and I wanted to take action right away. But I knew I needed to do it carefully."

Parks decided to take action to help protect the family. In the neighborhood's Facebook group, Parks shared footage of the recent attack as she called on residents to pitch in and help. She noted that the ultimate goal is: "For this family to have some peace again." Parks encouraged others to sign up to help her surveil the home from the hours of "6 p.m. until at least 12 a.m."

It did not take long for others to pitch in. Now, Parks has overwhelming support to help the family feel safe again in their own home. She shared her reaction to the positive response she's received. "It was more support than I had ever imagined or anticipated, and it is incredibly heartwarming," Parks said. "The community has really stepped up."

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.