Asian Americans Question LA County Report on Rise in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

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A caller Los Angeles County study (pdf) identifies a important emergence successful anti-Asian hatred crimes, but critics accidental the crimes whitethorn not beryllium race-motivated.

The Los Angeles County Commission connected Human Relations released a connection Oct. 20 showing a full of 44 anti-Asian crimes reported successful 2020—a 76 percent summation from the erstwhile year’s data.

“If the strategy examines everything done the lens of race, that volition marque things worse including transgression rates and hatred crimes,” Frank Xu, president of the non-profit enactment Californians for Equal Rights and co-founder of San Diego Asian Americans for Equality, told The Epoch Times.

As a longtime societal activist, Xu has been intimately moving with his assemblage successful warring for adjacent rights for Californians.

Xu said that whenever helium heard specified speech from his friends, helium would promote them to property the origin of the transgression to one’s contention lone if they exhaust each different assumptions.

“When I lived successful China, I experienced conflicts with others. In a homogeneous country, nary 1 would accidental it is racism,” Xu said. “In America with the existent environment, it’s truthful casual for radical to blasted the conflicts connected racism.”

The Department of Justice defines a hatred transgression arsenic a transgression that is “motivated by bias against race, color, religion, nationalist origin, intersexual orientation, gender, sex identity, oregon disability.”

According to LA County Sheriff’s Department, a hatred transgression volition beryllium considered erstwhile 1 acts against another’s religion, ethnicity, intersexual orientation, gender, disability, oregon relation with a circumstantial group.

Anthony Lim, who immigrated to the United States forty years agone said helium feels harmless successful his assemblage and ne'er heard of radical profiling until the Obama medication took implicit the office.

He believes that erstwhile these crimes hap it is precise hard to place whether it is simply a hatred crime. Sometimes the victims conscionable happened to beryllium the casual targets to the suspects.

“It is conscionable 1 idiosyncratic doing harm to different person. … Sometimes you indispensable measure the concern yourself, truthful you don’t go a unfortunate of crime,” Lim told The Epoch Times.

Kristy Hu, a caller assemblage postgraduate from University of California–Los Angeles said she has go much self-conscious aft seeing videos of Asian women being attacked astatine a supermarket.

Hu said she felt venerable erstwhile she went retired to a marketplace oregon a state station.

“I deliberation the close mode to spell astir it is to absorption that the Asian assemblage does get targeted, and they are being unfairly utilized arsenic a scapegoat for causing coronavirus. This gives racist radical an excuse to enactment retired their thoughts,” Hu told The Epoch Times.

The information utilized for investigation successful the study were collected based connected the hatred crimes reported to the Sheriff’s Department from implicit 40 metropolis constabulary departments, constabulary agencies successful schools, and community-based organizations.

The study indicated the fig of anti-Asian hatred crimes being reported this twelvemonth is the largest fig since 2001, erstwhile determination was a full of 80 anti-Asian radical hatred crimes reported.

The study recovered that successful the cases successful which the suspects were identified, 42 percent were white, 36 percent Latino, and 19 percent African American. In the erstwhile year, the largest fig of suspects progressive successful anti-Asian hatred crimes were Latino.

Michael Kapp, a spokesperson for LA County, said the county’s Human Relations Commission released the study specifically connected Asian hatred crimes, arsenic opposed to each hatred crimes, “because of the important summation successful reported anti-Asian hatred crimes.”

Kapp said a afloat report, which volition see hatred crimes against each races, volition beryllium released successful November.

Alice Sun

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