Rise in Asian Hate Crimes


Anti-Asian hate crimes have been alarmingly increasing since COVID-19 began to spread. These attacks have caused many Asian Americans to fear for their lives and those of their elders more than before. 

In April 2021, Robert Aaron Long, the son of a Baptist leader, was accused of murdering eight people, six of which were Asian women, at three Spas in the Atlanta area. Despite his confession to the crime, law enforcement has not charged Long with murder, leaving many Asian-Americans worried and furious. 

Investigators said they had not ruled out bias as a motivating factor even as the suspect denied such racial animus once in custody,” wrote The New York Times.

Long told authorities that the reason behind his killing spree was because he is an addict and wanted to relieve “temptation.” 

“Whatever the motivation was for this guy, we know that the majority of the victims were Asian,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta said.  “We also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop.”

Asian Americans feel exposed to racially motivated assaults and hate. According to Los Angeles Times the lack of awareness, media attention and law enforcement leaves Asian Americans feeling as if they don’t have a voice in their own country. 

 “There is a lot of fear in the community not just because of the hate crimes of the last year, which are the result of xenophobic messaging around the pandemic by the former President,” Georgia State Rep. Bee Nguyen told CNN News. “There is a lot of history of Asian American violence in this country — and many of our parents or grandparents and ancestors experienced that.”

Since the spread of COVID-19 and the uneducated phrases, along with misinformation spread by FormerPresident Donald Trump, many more Anti- Asian hate crimes have occurred but have not been given the proper media attention according to Forbes.

In New York city these racial attacks have been taking place more than ever before.

Recently, a 68-year-old Sri Lankan man was in critical condition after a passenger yelled a racial slur and punched him in the head when he was riding the subway in Manhattan.

A 66-year-old Asian man was punched in the face on the Lower East Side of New York.

Three more attacks took place in New York, a woman of Asian descent was thrown to the ground in Midtown, another was hit in the face with a metal pipe and a third was punched twice in the face after she showed support to Asian-American victims with her young daughter.

 These attacks are all examples of racial violence directed towards Asian-Americans in result of xenophobia that emerged during the pandemic, according to Forbes. According to USA Today, Stop AAPI Hate, an anti hate group tracking hate incidents, said it had received nearly 3,800 reports of Asian hate incidents across the country since March 2020,while in previous years it received roughly 100 incidents annually.

President Biden will meet with meet with members of the congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in an attempt to make a legislation aimed at combating anti-Asian American hate crimes