A California realtor quickly fired a real estate agent who was caught abusing an Asian-American woman on video.
On February 10, a Twitter user named Em posted a video in which Beach City Brokers agent Michael “Mike” Dalcin insulted her while walking near the intersection of Montana Avenue and Bundy Drive in the Brentwood neighborhood in Los Angeles went.
“Nobody will pay attention to you because you are stupid and a stupid, blue-haired girl with Asian hair,” says Dalcin in the video, before repeatedly swearing and holding up his middle finger on the woman.
Anti-Asian hate incidents have increased during the pandemic, and this attack comes just weeks after several crimes against seniors in California and New York.
When the video went viral, Dalcin was identified as an agent working for Beach City Brokers, a real estate agency based in Redondo Beach. On February 12th, Beach City Brokers issued a statement saying the video had been shared on social media and “Mike Dalcin has been removed from our office as an agent and is no longer an agent at our company effective immediately.”
According to the broker, Dalcin was only hired as an agent on February 1 and had not yet had an opportunity to work with clients.
By February 16, the agent had been overwhelmed by comments praising his decision and denouncing the attack, with occasional comments criticizing him as being too harsh.
“Beach City Brokers is a small family business that includes everyone we meet who are interested in real estate,” Beach City Brokerage said in the second statement. “We’re doing our best to set even stricter guidelines on hiring practices to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Please contact us for more information. “
Talk about racism in the real estate industry peaked last summer following the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests against police brutality across the country. Several brokerage firms took steps to tackle cases of racism and agent discrimination, while the National Association of Realtors publicly apologized in November for previous actions that discriminated against color communities across the country.
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“If we end up with brokers turning into keyboards late at night and saying that this is outside the boundaries of the real estate transaction and that these are being shared and going viral, ladies and gentlemen, then that will – for this news cycle – be this , what we are.” Professional Standards Committee chairman Matt Difanis said in a NAR debate about changing its code of ethics in November.
The attack on the Brentwood woman follows several violent attacks against Asian and Asian-American seniors: in late January, an 84-year-old man from Thailand died after being assaulted on a morning walk in San Francisco and days later, a 91- year old Asian man knocked to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown. Two more attacks occurred on February 3 in Manhattan and San Jose.
Proponents say the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in anti-Asian racism in western countries; The recent attacks have also intensified the conversation about bystanders reporting and denouncing such cases of abuse in daily life.
“As a South Asian woman, I say thank you” Hummi Siddiqui wrote on the Facebook post announcing Dalcin’s dismissal. “This is a nightmare, and if it were me and had kids with me, I couldn’t even fathom the trauma they would have been through when they experienced such random hatred. “
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