Anti-Asian Violence

Record-breaking hate crime spree in major cities

Feb 5, 2022 – Politics & Policy

Russell Contreras, Shawna Chen

Hate Crimes Surge Across US Cities

Black Americans remained the most targeted group in most cities, but anti-Asian American hate crimes increased 339% in 2021, the preliminary report found.

  • Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City broke records with the number of hate crimes against Asian Americans, while Georgia saw the largest number of fatal events with six Asian women murdered in two attacks.
  • In New York City, the number of anti-Asian American hate crimes jumped from 30 in 2020 to 133 last year.
  • Stop AAPI Hate documented over 10,300 self-reported anti-AAPI incidents from March 2020 through September 2021, with women reporting at higher rates.
  • Though Asian Americans have always been subject to racism, the majority of the last two years has been “in crisis mode,” Cynthia Choi, Stop AAPI Hate co-founder and executive director of the advocacy group Chinese for Affirmative Action, told Axios.
  • “The fact that we have members of our community who are afraid to leave their homes, to go to work, to take public transportation to go to the grocery store, to basically live our daily lives is heartbreaking,” said Choi. Her organization is based in San Francisco, where reported anti-AAPI hate crimes surged 567% in 2021.

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Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA) continues to work with other to build the solidarity necessary to fight this rise in hate crimes. Please join this important community event in Koreatown, Los Angeles, on February 16:

Honoring Victims of Anti-Asian Violence February 16