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How San Francisco's D.A. recall election shows a rift in the Asian American community

How San Francisco's D.A. recall election shows a rift in the Asian American community

Asian Americans, galvanized by rising crime rates and violent attacks against elders, appeared to be a driving force in Tuesday’s recall election that ousted Sa

Asian Americans, galvanized by rising crime rates and violent attacks against elders, appeared to be a driving force in Tuesday’s recall election that ousted San Francisco’s reformist District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Community organizers say the result reflects the group’s simmering frustrations with progressive leaders for not taking seriously the trauma they’ve faced over the past two years. They themselves are split on the matter, with some campaigning for the recall while others opposed it, highlighting a widening divide in the group’s outlook on policing and crime. 

Aarti Kohli, executive director of Advancing Justice—Asian Law Caucus, said that Asian Americans, though united in their concern about rising anti-Asian hate, hold a wide range of views regarding public safety.

“We need to acknowledge our communities’ fears while having a fact-based dialogue on what has and hasn’t worked,” she said. “Decades of policing and mass incarceration have not made us any safer.”

Right-wing media and Boudin’s critics slammed his reformist policies, like eliminating cash bail and reducing jail and prison populations, for causing a perceived rise in violent crime. (The data is not clear-cut: from 2019 to 2021, the homicide rate in San Francisco jumped 37 percent, but reported rates of violent crime in general have fallen.)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/san-franciscos-d-recall-election-shows-rift-asian-american-community-rcna33017


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