Attacks on the Asian American Community
Shy Yamasaki, Staff Writer
On the night of Tuesday March 16th, a shooting in Georgia has left the Asian American community terrified. Many other acts of crimes in the Asian American community have occurred within the past few days. In keeping up with the social media posts, many people are advocating that we need to stop hating or agonizing certain communities to “get rid of” or to “stop spreading diseases.” Within the Asian American community, incidents of verbal harassment and name-calling have arised. As explained by the New York Times, “Name-calling, shunning and assault were among the nearly 3,800 hate incidents reported against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) nationwide over the last year, according to Stop AAPI Hate.” Verbal slurs and discrimination are always hurtful, but deadly violence like the shooting in Georgia is unacceptable.
Other than these hate crimes, Stop AAPI Hate was formed to protect and prevent discrimination during the pandemic. Ever since the pandemic has started, many parts of the Asian-American population have fallen victim to hate crime over accusations of them having “brought” over the disease. Stop AAPI Hate collects and studies the hate and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country. Over the past year there were 3,795 incidents reported, and the number could rise because a lot of people either refrain from reporting it or just don’t want to speak upon the issues happening in their neighborhoods. According to the New York Times, “The incidents compiled by APPI Hate included mostly verbal harassment and name-calling, or about 68 percent of those reported, while shunning or the deliberate avoidance of Asian-Americans, composed about 20 percent. About 11 percent of the reports involved physical assault.” It is crucial that such incidents are reported and that the victims and their families receive justice.
In the Atlanta, Georgia shooting, there were eight injured, with six of them being women of Asian descent. There was a study released last week by CBS that revealed hate crimes in 2020 went up 150 percent, with women being the main target.
Recently the hashtag “#StopAsianHate” has been trending to advocate for the ceasing of hate crimes against the Asian American community. Many celebrities like Mindy Kaling and Lebron James, along with politicians like Vice President Kamala Harris and other senators have been speaking out about the negative actions toward the Asian American community.