Lawmakers in the United States are denouncing the spike in racist violence toward Asian Americans. With cases reported across the country, mostly in major cities, the U.S. has seen a rise in these kinds of discriminatory acts since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, New York police reported a 1,900% jump in hate crimes toward Asians. Hollywood celebrities are also speaking out against the violence.
Actress Olivia Munn recently used her social media followers to help find a man who attacked a 52-year-old Asian woman in New York City.
Many say former President Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric is to blame for the rise in racist acts toward Asians.
But the violence has carried into 2021. Upon entering office, U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order denouncing anti-Asian discrimination.
Schools are also concerned with the rise in discrimination, as some school districts prepare to head back into the classroom.