Hate crimes and incidents directed at Asian Americans have surged during the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, whose director said Wednesday that civic groups and police departments had fielded more than reports of hate incidents tied to the pandemic from February through April. He described several reported incidents: A man spewed racial and misogynistic epithets at an Asian American woman walking her dog. A resident of an apartment complex, assuming an Asian tenant had contracted the coronavirus, tried to get that tenant evicted. Throughout the country, law enforcement has identified hate crimes directed at Asian Americans and believed to be motivated by the pandemic.
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Recent hate crimes and violent assaults against people of Asian descent should sound an alarm for America. Within the past couple of weeks alone, an acid attack against a woman in Brooklyn caused her to suffer severe burns, and a man in Texas has been charged with attempted murder after attacking an Asian American family. We are not alone. On March 20, the U.
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I n New York, a woman was attacked by three teenage girls while riding the bus. In California, a high schooler was beaten up and sent to the hospital. Nationwide, one advocacy group has collected more than 1, reports of racist attacks against Asian Americans since the start of the outbreak. But this wave of attacks is far from a new development.
Coughing is now a doubly serious concern for Asian Americans. As a racial group, we have an additional fear: being profiled as disease-carriers and being maliciously coughed at. After news of the coronavirus broke in January, Asian Americans almost immediately experienced racial taunts on school campuses, shunning on public transit and cyber-bullying on social media. Since the Stop-AAPI-Hate website , a project of the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action, launched on March 19 to track anti-Asian harassment, it has received more than 1, reports from people in 32 states detailing verbal abuse, denial of services, discrimination on the job or physical assaults.