Asian Americans being targeted more in Hate Crimes these Last 2 Months
According to recent reports and statistics, there has been an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the past 2 months. A coalition that tracks reports of racism said that there were 3,795 complaints since last year.
A spike in Asian American hate crimes
Stop AAPI Hate, which has tracked violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders since March 19 last year, reported around 2,392 complaints from all of the United States. Earlier, they reported a decrease in hate crimes in 2020. But, some incidents were reported after the end of 2020, with 503 reported from January 1 till February 28.
Moreover, these incidents only represent only a portion of the total number of hate crimes against Asian Americans. These numbers show a persistent presence of anti-Asian sentiments among Americans. The co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate Russel Jeung said:
Hate incidents are not abating. We cannot let anti-Asian American hate be a legacy of COVID-19 or the last presidential administration, but that’s exactly what will happen unless we demand concrete action.
The majority of these incidents, 68%, were that of verbal harassment. Avoidance made up around 20% of the total incidents, and physical assaults constituted around 11%. And among the Asian-Americans who experienced these hate crimes, 42.2% were Chinese, 14.8% were Korean, 8.5% Vietnamese were 8.5%, Filipinos were 7.9%, etc.
Furthermore, the organization reported that they don’t verify the incidents. Instead, they just report incidents that come with a description, saying:
We just report what we receive. We do tend to believe the impacted person, especially as so many are willing to go on record and to speak publicly about what happened to them.
And a lot of these incidents are related to how former President Donald Trump linked the outbreak of the pandemic to China. His constant referral of COVID-19 as the “China virus” played a role in fueling this hatred.
Recent mass shooting in Atlanta
The recent series of shootings in a massage parlor and two spas in Atlanta depicts the kind of hate Asian Americans have to deal with. 8 people were killed in this shooting, with six of the ones dead being Asian Americans. The police are reluctant right now to label the attack as a hate crime.
At a news conference, a law enforcement official says early indications are that Atlanta-area mass shooter Robert Aaron Long may have been motivated by issues stemming from "sexual addiction," not racism — but he cautions that the investigation is in an early stage pic.twitter.com/jCyDGyZxQ7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 17, 2021
But, discrimination and hate crimes in the Asian American community are no secret. President Joe Biden last week addressed this last week on the 1-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 shutdown. He said:
Too often, we have turned against one another. A mask, the easiest thing to do to save lives, sometimes, it divides us, states pitted against one another, instead of working with each other, vicious hate crimes against Asian Americans, who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated. At this very moment, so many of them, our fellow Americans, they’re on the front lines of this pandemic trying to save lives, and still, still they’re forced to live in fear for their lives just walking down streets in America. It’s wrong. It’s un-American. And it must stop.