Another terrible attack occurred in New York in which surveillance video captured a man stomping on a elder Filipino woman while making anti-Asian remarks. This is part of a rise in Hate crimes against the Asian community, which included the Atlanta mass shooting that saw a gunman kill 6 women of Asian descent. According to an analysis released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, this month which examined hate crimes in 16 of America’s largest cities, hate crimes targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150 percent. In response, President Biden on Tuesday laid out plans to address rising racism against Asian-Americans, increasing accessibility to hate crime data, requiring new training for local police and establishing nearly $50 million in grants to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who face language barriers. The Justice Department will also review for the next month how it can better crack down on violent acts against people of Asian descent in the United States, including by prioritizing prosecution of those who commit hate crimes. The Biden administration also said it would expand an initiative on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders that had previously worked to provide economic opportunities to the communities by mandating that the group also counter anti-Asian violence. The President will also appoint a White House official to review policies across the government affecting Asians, Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
NCI stands with the Asian Community and we all must do our part to raise awareness and combat this terrible trend.