Regular readers will know that I have been cataloging the absurd application of hate crime laws in this country. I’ve noted white-on-white, black-on-black, Latino-on-Latino, Muslim-on-Muslim, gay-on-gay, Mexican-on-Mexican hate crimes, but the Asian-on-Asian hate crime has always been elusive. I’m happy to report that the ridiculousness of hate crimes in America is now complete. An Asian man has been charged with a hate crime for robbing and beating 2 Asian women.
The Gothamist reports that a Korean man is facing a variety of charges include hate crimes for two violent robberies involving Chinese women in Flushing, Queens. This is right up there with an Irish guy assaulting 2 Swedish women in terms of racial hatred.
Though the hate crime charge here is pretty silly, the actual crime is very f*cked up. 34 year-old Key S. Lee is a Korean former cab driver with a strong dislike of people from China. On January 27th he grabbed a Chinese woman cleaning snow off of her car and forced her into the backseat. He then beat her face severely and made off with $2,000 and her credit cards.
On February 10th, Lee struck again. He punched a Chinese woman in the face walking down the street and again made off with $2,000 and credit cards. Is there something in the Chinese culture that says women have to carry two grand with them or is this just a coincidence?
Lee was arrested for these two attacks and charged with robbery, assault, unlawful imprisonment, possession of stolen credit cards, and hate crimes. All of these are felonies and Lee could be looking at 50 years in prison.
Here’s an authority explaining the Asian-on-Asian hate crime charges:
“He allegedly sought out these two women because of their race. This kind of bigotry and racism is not acceptable in a civilized society,” said Queens DA Richard Brown.
I don’t know how “racist” it is for an Asian to attack another Asian, but I think it’s insane that the DA is focused on that rather than the fact that this guy beat the shit out of two women and stole their money. The motivation behind the crime isn’t the thing that is “not acceptable” here; it’s the violent crime itself.
And like I said, this crime really is messed up. Check out the terrifying words of a future serial killer:
Prosecutors claim that investigators showed Lee a video of the attack and he said that he was angry because of an argument with his wife, and it revived his resentment of Chinese people from his time as a cabbie.
“I wanted to fight someone because the Chinese people were rude and smoking in the car…I wanted to pick a fight and that is when I saw one female cleaning snow and we made eye contact. I couldn’t take it any more. I decided she’s the one. I started beating her,” said Lee.
So an argument with his wife makes him want to go out and beat up Chinese people? Also, notice how he didn’t go looking for a Chinese man to fight. He picked helpless victims because he’s a pussy who is close to escalating his violent fantasies to torture and murder.
For the second attack, Lee didn’t use a spat with his wife as a pretext for violence. He straight up went trolling for victims:
“I don’t like the Chinese and I went to Flushing to look for Chinese people.” Lee said.
There is no explanation for why he robbed these women if he was just trying to blow off a little steam by punching Chinese people. My guess is he wanted a souvenir to masturbate to later, something serial killers often do.
While I don’t think hate crimes are applicable here, I do believe Key S. Lee needs to go away for a long long time. He’s one step away from making lampshades out of Chinese women’s skin and yelling at them to put the lotion in the basket.