Leaders in Brooklyn’s Chinese American community are responding to outrage against a local nail salon where workers are accused of attacking customers over a pay dispute, reports King County Politics.
Members of the Black community have called for a boycott of New Red Apple Nails and urged people to put their money into Black-owned businesses. They recently staged a protest in front of the salon and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson has called the incident a hate crime.
“This episode involved only one store in an area where relations between Chinese Americans and African Americans have largely been harmonious. It has nothing to do with race,” said John Chan, president of Asian American Community Empowerment.
He and other community members cautioned people not to make broad strokes assumptions about an entire community based on this one incident.