Influencers take to social media to stand against Asian hate crimes in the US

Following a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US in recent weeks, prominent figures from across the fashion industry are coming together to voice their concern and condemn the violence.

Influential voices such as Allure magazine’s editor-in-chief Michelle Lee and designer Phillip Lim have posted videos on Instagram to share their personal experiences of racism and to raise awareness using the hashtag #StopAsianHate.

Since late January, a striking number of attacks against Asian Americans — in particular, the elderly — have put communities on high alert.

In San Francisco, an 84-year-old immigrant from Thailand died after being violently shoved to the ground during his morning walk by a 19-year-old man.

While it’s hard to prove such incidents are solely motivated by anti-Asian bigotry, many advocates and rights groups believe them to be, pointing to a pattern of targeted hate since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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