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Clarence Page: Old tropes of Black-Asian conflict rear up after NY assault

When the network TV news anchor warned that the next news report contained images that some viewers might find too disturbing to watch, I perked up and watched quite intensely.

When the anchor went on to say the story was about the brutal, unprovoked and uninterrupted beating of an Asian American woman near Times Square in New York in broad daylight, an old all-too-familiar thought popped into my mind: Please don’t let the perpetrator be Black.

Alas, he was. And the beating

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