In Just One Month, Advocates Collected Nearly 3,000 More Reports Of Anti-Asian Racism

The rise in racism against Asian Americans has led to both an increase of racist incidents and greater documentation of the problem.
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The rise in anti-Asian racism stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to both new incidents of racism and greater public awareness and documentation of such incidents 鈥 resulting in an avalanche of nearly 3,000 new reports just in the month of March to a database created by the advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate.

The group, formed last year to collect and document reports of racist attacks targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, received 鈥渁 steep rise鈥 in new incident reports during March, according to new data released Thursday.

In total, the group鈥檚 database now includes a staggering 6,603 reports of anti-Asian racism, from when they began collecting the reports last year through March 31 of this year.

That includes 2,808 incidents reported just in the month of March, some of which occurred in 2020 and others of which occurred this year.

The group attributes the 鈥渟teep rise in reporting鈥 to 鈥渋ncreased national attention to anti-Asian hate, which has led to more and more Asian Americans becoming aware of the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center and other resources.鈥

During the period when Stop AAPI Hate received these new reports, there were a series of violent incidents involving Asian Americans being physically assaulted in public places. Several of the victims were hospitalized, and some later died from their injuries. And on March 16, a white gunman in Georgia killed six women of Asian descent in a string of shootings.

The unrelenting wave of anti-Asian racism has catalyzed even more incidents. Simultaneously, Asian Americans have become more outspoken against them. Stop AAPI Hate and other advocacy groups have routinely stressed that these statistics are likely still an undercount because they are self-reported.

Demonstrators wearing face masks and holding signs take part in the rally "Love Our Communities: Build Collective Power" to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles in March.
Demonstrators wearing face masks and holding signs take part in the rally "Love Our Communities: Build Collective Power" to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles in March.
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Overall, the group found that the overwhelming majority of incidents involve AAPI individuals being verbally harassed or shunned. Women are nearly twice as likely to report incidents as men, according to the group鈥檚 data, a pattern that鈥檚 consistent with other reports of AAPI women bearing the brunt of both racist and misogynist attacks.

Some of the new incidents include:

  • A respondent in Seattle said they noticed graffiti at their neighborhood drugstore that read: 鈥淣O ASIAN PARKING.鈥

  • According to a respondent in West Lafayette, Indiana, at a public bathroom inside a grocery store, 鈥渁 white man and his son were at the bathroom [and] when [the] white man saw me, he said 鈥楽h*t, there is an Asian coming!鈥 He called his son, and quickly escaped the bathroom.鈥

  • A respondent in Boston reported an incident on behalf of 鈥渕y elderly mother.鈥 While waiting for the subway, 鈥渟omeone tried to push her off the platform down into the train tracks,鈥 the respondent wrote. 鈥淪he screamed and a fellow bystander chased off the perpetrator. The good samaritan stood nearby my mom until she boarded the train safely.鈥

  • In Carmel, California, a respondent said there has been 鈥渉arassment/discrimination against Asian healthcare workers鈥 and reported overhearing 鈥渢wo physicians ... discussing the origin of the virus and calling it the 鈥楥hina virus鈥 in front of the rest of the staff in the hospital.鈥

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