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Latino New Yorkers most fearful of being attacked

Latino New Yorkers most fearful of being attacked

Researchers at Baruch College revealed this week that 48 percent of New Yorkers fear being violently attacked because of their race or ethnicity.

“It totally surprised me,” said Mickey Blum, director of Baruch survey research, who helped conduct the polling.

Researchers asked 1,207 New Yorkers of all different races, income levels and backgrounds in April and May.

Of everyone surveyed, Latinos in New York are the most fearful of being attacked, according to the survey, with 62 percent saying they were concerned about becoming a hate crime victim, including 43 percent who said they felt “very concerned.”

Also, 57 percent of African-Americans and many immigrants — 65 percent of people who reported speaking Spanish at home — reported concern.

At a press conference revealing the results, Joselo Lucero, originally from Ecuador, spoke. You’ll remember that Lucero’s brother, Marcelo, was stabbed to death in 2008 on Long Island by a white teenager convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime.

Attitudes have gotten better, but hate crimes still occur, said Lucero. He hopes for more understanding in the future.

“You are an immigrant,” he said. “You are a human being. You have feelings.”

Which borough of New York is the most fearful? The Bronx reported the highest level of concern, with 53 percent of residents there reporting a fear of becoming a hate crime victim.


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