The Crime Report, August 2021
Despite the recent movements and legislation aimed at tackling Anti-Asian incidents, these incidences are still occurring. Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, there have been 9,081 anti-Asian incidents, according to a report published Thursday by the nonprofit coalition Stop AAPI Hate says CBS News. The national data represents self-reported incidents between March 19, 2020, to June 30, 2021. It found that 4,548 incidents occurred in 2020 and that another 4,533 happened in 2021. Out of the total in 2021, there were 2,478 incidents reported between April and June alone.
These instances of hate featured being coughed and spat on, refused service, vandalism, verbal harassment, and physical assault. Verbal harassment/Name Calling has the highest percentage of occurrences at 63.7 percent, says the report.
The report also notes the influx of the pandemic among factors to the recent uptick in hate incidents, the scapegoating of China (21.7 percent) was the highest type of hateful language reported. This data shows that this year’s number of incidences will likely surpass last year’s despite the months of political and social activism done, reports NPR. The largest federal response to this surge since the start of the pandemic has been Congress’s Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, says Vox.