According to a poll, more than half of Asian Americans feel unsafe in public on a regular basis.
According to a survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 57 percent of Asian Americans feel threatened “often” or “sometimes” in public places due to their race.
Over 6,600 hate incidents targeting Asian Americans were reported to the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center between March 2020 and March 2021, including verbal harassment and fatal attacks. Anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 145 percent in the largest U.S. cities from 2019 to 2020, according to the California State University Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, while hate crimes overall decreased by 6%.
More Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity, believe that hate crimes and prejudice are becoming more prevalent against Asian Americans. According to the Associated Press, 60 percent of Americans believe discrimination against Asian Americans has worsened in the past year as a result of their being made scapegoats for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Increased reports of anti-Asian crimes and discrimination, according to Renee Tajima-Pena, an Asian American Studies professor at the University of California, have thrust the issue into the public spotlight.
“As a result, people are more aware of the violence Asian Americans face,” Tajima-Pena explained. “It was impossible to avoid it in the press or in national discourse. People are gathering information and discussing it.”
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Glendon is a character in the film Glendon Former President Donald Trump, according to Yuri-Sweetland, 34, of Brewer, Maine, is to blame for the rise in discrimination against Asian Americans. Trump’s constant references to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” and other racist terms, he said, are still ingrained in many people’s minds.
“It’s just stirring the pot,’ as my husband would say,” Yuri-Sweetland explained. “But I think that even just having that platform for a while, our former president probably has had enough exposure to get his message out.”
Close to half of Americans are “very” or “extremely” concerned that incidents of violence targeting Asian Americans have increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the poll, including about two-thirds of Asian Americans.
President Joe Biden last week signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. The legislation will put a Justice Department official in charge of a review of anti-Asian hate crimes and will allot federal grants for law enforcement training and. This is a brief summary.