Last weekend, a popular food truck that serves Filipino and Asian fusion food in Layton was vandalized with graffiti that contained racial epithets.
On Wednesday, the World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck, which is run by Ben Pierce, shared on Facebook that perhaps the most recognizable Filipino in the Beehive State, Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, pitched in to help restore the truck, as did local company Identity Graphix.
Clarkson, whose mother is half Filipino, shared his feelings on Twitter about the incident and about racism that Asians experience.
“It hurt me deeply to see that Salt Lake’s @yumyumasian food truck was recently vandalized — I know the pain that hateful language and racism causes,” Clarkson wrote with a post that contained a photo of the vandalized truck. “With help from @identitygraphix we’ll be able to restore the truck and hopefully lift Ben and his family’s spirit!! #StopAsianHate”
This is the second public example in recent weeks of the Jazz responding to racism in Utah. Three fans were banned from Vivint Arena indefinitely and players spoke out against them in strong terms after a racially charged incident involving Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant on May 26.