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More than 9,000 anti-Asian incidents reported in US since pandemic started

Date: 2021-08-17
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More than 9,000 anti-Asian incidents have been reported across the United States since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a report released on Thursday.

 

More than 9,000 anti-Asian incidents reported in US since pandemic started


Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that tracks and responds to racially motivated hate crimes towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, received 9,081 reports between 19 March 2020 and this June. A total of 4,548 hate crimes occurred in 2020 and another 4,533 occurred in 2021.

 

Since the coronavirus was first reported in China, members of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the US have faced bigotry in the form of verbal harassment and physical attacks. Many blame Donald Trump for helping to stir anti-Asian sentiment by using racist terms when referring to the virus, such as Chinese virusand kung flu.

 

According to the report, 63.7% of the incidents involved verbal harassment and 16.5% involved shunning the deliberate avoidance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. About 13.7% of the reports were of physical assault, the third-largest category of total reported incidents. Civil rights violations accounted for 11% of the incidents while online harassment made up 8.3%.

 

The number of seniors 60 years old and older reporting hate crimes increased from 6.5% in 2020 to 7.2% in 2021. Since the pandemic began, most of the headline-making attacks have involved senior Asians across the country, with many being beaten, kicked, shoved or stabbed.

 

When you encourage hate, its not like a genie in a bottle where you can pull it out and push it back in whenever you want,said Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. Theres too much perpetuating these belief systems to make them go away.

 

In May, Joe Biden signed the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, expediting the justice departments review of hate crimes and making grants available to help local law enforcement agencies improve their investigation, identification and reporting of racially charged incidents.

 

Stop AAPI Hate praised the bill but criticized its focus on law enforcement over community-led reform.

 

Because the act centers criminal law enforcement agencies in its solutions, it will not address the overwhelming majority of incidents reported to our site, which are not hate crimes, but serious hate incidents,the coalition said in a statement in May.

 


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