Search

Hate Crimes, Prejudice Against Asian Americans On The Rise Since Start Of COVID

From CSUB - Data sorted by California State University, Bakersfield, indicates a 149% increase in reported hate crimes specifically against Asian Americans in 2020 compared to 2019. Meanwhile, reported hate crimes as a whole across the US dropped 7% from 2019 to 2020.


The nine-page report indicates the following regarding hate crimes as a whole in 2019 compared to 2020:

  • New York City: 428 hate crimes in 2019, 265 hate crimes in 2020 ➝ 38% decrease

  • Los Angeles: 326 hate crimes in 2019, 355 hate crimes in 2020 ➝ 9% increase

  • Washington, DC: 203 hate crimes in 2019, 132 hate crimes in 2020 ➝ 35% decrease

  • Cincinnati: 41 hate crimes in 2019, 45 hate crimes in 2020 ➝ 10% increase

  • Chicago: 100 hate crimes in 2019, 81 hate crimes in 2020 ➝ 19% decrease

  • San Diego: 30 hate crimes in 2019, 25 hate crimes in 2020 ➝ 17% decrease


The report indicates the following regarding hate crimes specifically against Asian Americans in 2019 compared to 2020:

  • New York City: 3 in 2019, 28 in 2020 ➝ 833% increase

  • Los Angeles: 7 in 2019, 15 in 2020 ➝ 114% increase

  • Washington, DC: 6 in 2019, 3 in 2020 ➝ 50% decrease

  • Cincinnati: 0 in 2019, 1 in 2020 ➝ incalculable

  • Chicago: 2 in 2019, 2 in 2020 ➝ 0% change

  • San Diego: 0 in 2019, 1 in 2020 ➝ incalculable


According to data given to CBSU by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were 350 hate crimes against Asian Americans reported in 1996. In 2015, there was a record low of 120 incidents reported. Beginning in 2016, reported hate crimes against Asian Americans began to increase slightly and have only continued increasing ever since.


An anti-Asian hate victimization reporting portal conducted by STOP AAPI Hate reported that prejudice against Asian Americans occurred in the following forms:

  • 66% of instances reported involved verbal harassment

  • 20% of instances reported involved shunning or avoidance

  • 8% of instances reported involved physical assault

  • 6% of instances reported involved coughing and/or spitting


The same report found that prejudice incidents targeting Asian Americans affected the following nationalities as follows:

  • 41% of incidents reported were from Chinese Americans

  • 15% of incidents reported were from Korean Americans

  • 8% of incidents reported were from Vietnamese Americans

  • 7% of incidents reported were from Filipino Americans

  • 29% of incidents reported were from other ethnicities


Data indicated that 69% of prejudice incidents targeting Asian Americans occurred in California, 20% occurred in New York City, 7% occurred in Washington, and 4% occurred in Illinois.



Image from Baltimore Sun

18 views0 comments