Hate Crimes On The Rise, Asian Americans Fear For Their Safety
For Asian Americans, the fear of racial attacks was fueled with racist rhetoric like “Kung Flu” and “China Virus” during the pandemic period.
As the United States returns to a semblance of normalcy, Asian Americans remain worried as the post-pandemic environment, continues to unleash a barrage of racism, hate, and scare-mongering against their community.
According to recent statistics released by the FBI, Anti-Asian hate crimes increased more than 73% in 2020.
From being physically assaulted, burned, stabbed, and verbally harassed to violent homicides, thousands of incidents have been reported in recent months.
Activists say the rhetoric that blamed Asians for the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, is responsible for this surge in hate crimes against the Asian community.
During the outbreak of COVID-19, derogatory and inflammatory remarks made against the Asian community had been used in media reports and political statements which caused a wave of hate on social media where young people influenced by this hate-mongering narrative and multiple conspiracy theories.
As these communities are considered outsiders, they were easily scapegoated for the outbreak of the pandemic.
Though there is a rise in anti-Black and anti-Latino crimes too, hate crimes against the Asian American community have recorded a major rise.
The recent polls suggested that 31% of Asian American people reported a sense of unfair discrimination because of their race or ethnicity, followed by 29% of Black households, and 20% of Latino households.
“Racism against Asians and Pacific Islanders is not a new phenomenon, we all have stories from our youth, but last year was indeed particularly bad, because of the pandemic,” says Carmelyn Malalis, chairperson of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Its not just The US, COVID-19 related racial slurs, physical assaults, and harassment against people of Asian descent have been reported in Russia, France, and Australia too.
In the UK, people of Asian origin have been physically assaulted and accused of spreading viruses in their country.
A sense of fear has engulfed Asian American communities across the globe, especially women, the elderly, and children.
Asian women already consider themselves as a target because of their gender and the color of their skin.
More than 63% of reported incidents were submitted by Asian women.
The new poll suggests one out of every three Asian people, fears they will be attacked.
Women and elderly people from Asian Americans communities are taking self-defense classes, arming themselves, and are worried about sending their children to schools.
Here are a few steps that you might take as preventive measures:
Avoid carrying flashy jewelry, precious items, and large amounts of cash.
Stay aware of your surroundings while on the streets, if you observe something suspicious, run towards a public place where people are.
While driving, keep the doors of your vehicle locked, avoid leaving valuable items inside your car when you park.
Its natural for anyone to be worried about their family and loved ones.
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