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Story: JetBlue considering moving headquarters to
Florida when Long Island City lease expires
Summary: JetBlue, the budget air carrier created in
Forest Hills in 1998 and has headquartered in Long
Island City since 2012, may be joining the exodus to
the Sunshine State after experiencing the economic
downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reach: 1,470 (as of 03/22/21)
Stop the ignorance
Arguably, the worst aspect of our
modern era is the politicization of
both a global pandemic and of hate.
Th e issues of our health and
respect of one another in society
should be a universally shared
belief, regardless of race, creed,
color or party affi liation. We should
want to protect each other from
a plague; we should want to stop
spreading hate and instead promote
kindness and justice for all.
But that’s not where we are in
America in 2021. We are a society
split in two factions: those who
respect each other, and those who
only respect themselves. One side
cares to solve two of the biggest
issues of our time; the other side
couldn’t care less about them.
Look at the rash of hate crimes
targeting Asian Americans both in
New York and throughout the country.
Slurs that the former president
trumpeted throughout the COVID-
19 pandemic last year fueled an ugly
backlash that continues to this day.
Multiple protests denouncing
the hate and bigotry against Asian
Americans were hosted around
Queens in the last week, from
Jackson Heights, to Sunnyside, to
Flushing Business Improvement
District announced the launch of
a new campaign titled “Respect,
Unity, Courage,” which calls on all
Americans to stand in solidarity
with the Asian American community,
have the courage to denounce
the wave of anti-Asian violence and
show mutual respect.
Th is campaign is something that
should be pushed beyond the confi
nes of Flushing and into the rest
Th e “World’s Borough” has been
home to far too many anti-Asian
hate crimes this year, including an
incident last week that saw a group
of teens attack a 13-year-old Asian
American on a Flushing basketball
court. One of the attackers said,
“Stupid f––g Chinese. Go back to
your country,” according to the
Th at incident, like several others
that predated it, is refl ective of the
kind of ignorance that has permeated
the country during the pandemic.
Enough is enough! We cannot
allow this ignorance to continue.
We must rise up and drown it out.
Speak up, New York! Say no to
hate, ignorance and bloodshed. Say
yes to unity, justice, tolerance and
Photo by Dean Moses
Multiple protests denouncing the hate and bigotry against Asian Americans were hosted around Queens in the