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Community Spotlight: One man led an inspired response when hatred hit the city

The hate crime was launched on July 3rd by the Facebook site from Stand Up For Chico, California, an activist organization. A group of teenagers shouted racist slur and shoved the Asian-American owner of Gelayo, a frozen yogurt and boba shop, before storming the store for candy and other toppings. A customer captured videos and photos of the incident and posted them on Facebook, where they were seen by Aveed Khaki, a frequent Gelayo customer.

It was Khaki's reaction that ultimately made the hate crime newsworthy. He started collecting donations from friends to support Gelayo's owners. Daehui Kim raised $ 3,000 in the first hour. "The goal was never to go beyond $ 1,000, but we continued to receive donations so we decided to keep it going," Khaki told Chico ER. Khaki also said Kim has seen a sharp increase in customers since the attack was reported, with queues outside the door to Gelayo.

The casual fundraiser raised nearly $ 13,000 from over 200 donors in one week. The money will be used to finance a publicly accessible tab at Gelayo. "What we see here are about 2,000 people in town who can try their business for free," Khaki told ChicoER. “It is really uplifting to see that there are so many people willing to come together, many of whom have never been there before, just to support (Gelayo) and make sure they know this is not what this is the community concerns was over. "

When the free fryo event started on Wednesday, Khaki posted the "secret code" for the open tab on Facebook, reminding customers to tip generously and take photos to share on social media. “Thanks again to all the wonderful people who made this possible. The owners couldn't be more grateful and wanted to show their love to each of them. "

The Kim family, owners of Gelayo, show cards from caring chicoans. Daehui Kim's daughter Minjoo Kim told Action News, “This whole experience was amazing; We received cards, flowers, gifts, donations and tips, and it means the world to us. ”(Photo courtesy of Aveed Khaki)

There are too many local problems in my city such as: B. these, these, this and this latest judgment—which the GOP-dominated city officials refuse to address meaningfully. My belief that city council members, with their lies and inaction, encourage hatred, rather than trying to make the city safer for everyone, is a major source of my anger and frustration. We have protested, advocates, and taken independent action, but the city officials look away as if to say, "Meh, not my problem". Street protests can raise awareness of problems but are not an attractive option if it's 95 ° F (and 113 ° when I post this) on a cool day. How could we ever gather enough protesters to make a statement when there are reports that the police have not taken action and the hate crime has not been reported by the local media?

Khaki's fundraiser is an inspired counterbalance to the hostility of these misguided teenage fanatics who have no consequences for their aggression. The news about the incident does not focus on the teenagers, but rightly so on those who need to be highlighted: Gelayo, Kim, and the people who responded with compassion. More Media attention focuses on those who promote community concern for all residents – the people who don't look the other way and say "meh" but who step forward because bigotry is a problem we must face together.

On Wednesday, Khaki posted a new Facebook message announcing that he is ready for another phase of civic action. "Our next stop will be a meeting with our police chief to see what can be done about the crimes we have committed and how we can work to prevent them from happening again." On Thursday afternoon, Chico police released a statement saying they had "responded to Gelayo and opened an investigation on the day of the incident" and asked all witnesses to phone calls to the incident.

The timeline here appears suspicious for me: A week after the videos, photos and firsthand reports were posted on social media and the day after the fundraiser caught media attention, police finally released a statement. If I met with the police chief, I would urge him to report suspected hate crimes and ask for witnesses much sooner than eight days after the incident.

How do you fight hate in your community? Any inspired answers? Are you satisfied with the way your local government has approached these events? Let's talk about it in the comments.

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