Story at a glance:
- There has been a 54 percent increase in reported anti-Asian hate crimes in a year span.
- The plurality of the victims are people who identify as Chinese.
- More than 4,100 cases were reported in 2020 and more than 2,400 cases before the end of the second quarter of 2021.
The number of reported anti-Asian hate incidents have more than doubled in a span of one year, according to Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition aimed at addressing anti-Asian American discrimination. (AAPI stands for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders).
From March 2020 to March 2021, Stop AAPI Hate told Changing America there was a significant increase in cases reported, shooting up from 3,795 to 6,603.
The 54 percent annual increase in cases, as well as the 4,193 incidents that occurred in 2020 and the 2,410 that occurred in 2021, demonstrates the urgency to bring awareness to the wave of hate incidents happening in America, the group said.
Those who identify as Chinese were victims in around 44 percent of the hate incidents. Koreans, Filipinos and Vietnamese made up about 17, 9 and 8 percent, respectively.
One of the most well known attacks against Asian Americans took place on March 16, 2021 when eight people were fatally shot at three Atlanta spas.
Recently the Asian American Foundation was launched to boost advocacy efforts, including with a TV special starring R&B singer Jhené Aiko, rapper Saweetie and rock legend Sting called “See Us Unite for Change — The Asian American Foundation in service of the AAPI Community.”
The program is scheduled to air on May 21 on channels such as MTV, BET, VH1, Comedy Central and also on Facebook Watch.
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