Anti-Asian violence is on the rise and is likely a result of a confluence of factors related to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what both sides are saying. To have stories like this and more delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our newsletter. Photo: Chinatown, New York City.
Top Story: Anti-Asian Violence
“Over the last year, in an unrelenting series of episodes with clear racial animus, people of Asian descent have been pushed, beaten, kicked, spit on and called slurs,” Weiyi Cai, Audra D. S. Burch, and Jugal K. Patel reported for the New York Times this past weekend. “Using media reports from across the country, The Times found more than 110 episodes since March 2020 in which there was clear evidence of race-based hate.” Here’s what both sides are saying about Anti-Asian Violence:
On The Left
The left sees a surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans and claims that their experiences dealing with racism are on par with that of other minority groups.
Li Zhou writes in Vox that “anti-Asian discrimination goes unacknowledged, in part, because of the privilege that some Asian people have compared to other minority groups, including Black and Latino Americans, and the difference in the degree of racism they face.” Li refers to the “model minority” myth, which has “played a significant role in rendering such discrimination invisible” and “only attempts to pit minority groups against one another.” Li says “3,795 anti-Asian incidents have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate” and goes on to document several of them in the article. Keep reading: Anti-Asian racism has been overlooked for a long time. It’s now reached a boiling point.
On The Right
The right is warning against a purposeful attempt to contort any and all ugly incidents into the politically useful narrative of racism and white supremacy.
In her Substack Newsletter, Bari Weiss documents several recent attacks, which she labels as “evil,” but also points out another evil: “lying about — or purposefully misdiagnosing — the problem to fit The Narrative.” The narrative that Weiss references is one that connects all hate crimes to white supremacy and/or Trumpism. As she sees it, “Asian-Americans are being attacked” but “the media and the political class are contorting themselves to find a way to blame white supremacy or the legacy of Trumpism.” When the media filters every ugly incident through their favored narrative, “it erases our common humanity” and “must be rejected.” Keep reading: Do Not Look Away From Evil: The first step to stopping Anti-Asian hate is to see it clearly.
Flag This: Anti-Asian Violence
The advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate said it received more than 2,800 reports of hate incidents directed at Asian Americans nationwide last year. As the BBC notes, this Anti-Asian violence is taking place coast-to-coast: “The New York City hate crimes task force investigated 27 incidents in 2020, a nine-fold increase from the previous year. In Oakland, California, police have added patrols and set up a command post in Chinatown.” Keep reading: COVID ‘hate crimes’ against Asian Americans on rise.