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Asian American leaders share new data on discrimination in California due to COVID-19

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More than 2,100 data on Asian American anti-hate incidents were recorded by advocacy groups between March and June, CBS News reports. Out of this, over 800 were reported in California, where about 16% of residents are of Asian descent and overrepresented compared to the rest of the nation. 

A breakdown of the 832 reports by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council’s Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center includes 81 alleged physical assaults and 64 potential civil rights violations. 

Further analysis of the data demonstrated Asian American women reported almost twice as many as men, and 11.2% or 90 incidents were against the elderly. 

Following the release of the data, Stop AAPI Hate hosted a press briefing along with California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and Chair of Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus David Chiu to call for policy action. 

The release also emphasized that California’s 2020-2021 state budget excluded ”specific funding for initiatives advocated for by the Asian American community.” 

“Governor Newsom has left the millions of Asian Americans in California in the dark about what accountability and action they can expect,” the release read. 

The group’s June 30 letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom follows up on an April letter urging similar demands to address anti-Asian and xenophobic incidents and prevention of further infringements, writing the council looks forward to concrete actions. 

Their recommendations include strengthening laws that protect individuals and businesses, announcing schools be safe havens, establishing educational protocols for bias-based bullying within schools, providing mental health services and utilizing Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity to address racism and xenophobia. 

Furthermore, the state should establish a Racial Bias Strike Team comprised of officials in public education, federal and state civil laws among other institutions that serve Asian American communities, the release read. 

The team should also serve communities of color beyond Asian Americans to all those of color impacted by the pandemic and call for racial justice, it said.

“In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and demands to address structural racism and not just in policing, the Strike Team must appropriately include other communities of color disproportionately affected by the current crisis and calls for racial justice.”

Original Report:

Asian American leaders in San Francisco just wrapped up releasing new findings about discrimination against the AAPI community stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic.

ABC7 reports in the past four months, there have been more than 800 incidents of hate in 34 of California’s 58 counties, according to data gathered to Stop AAPI Hate.

“Discrimination against anyone, against any group is simply not acceptable,” said Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).

The group called on schools to declare their campuses a safe zone from bias, hatred and bullying. They also want the legislature to strengthen anti-discrimination laws.

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