UN Report blames Trump for rise of anti-Asian hate

Report from United States says Trump has "seemingly legitimized" the hate and xenophobia faced by Asian Americans.

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A report issued by the United Nations blames President Trump for “seemingly legitimizing” hatred and racial discrimination against Asian Americans.

According to the Business Insider, the Special Rapporteur on
contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance issued the report in August, but it wasn’t made public until this week.

“Racially motivated violence and other incidents against Asian Americans have reached an alarming level across the United States since the outbreak of COVID19. Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans, including Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino, and Burmese descent, among others, have been subject to racist, xenophobic attacks,” the report reads.

The report found that women were victimized at twice the rate of men with attacks ranging from physical assaults, vandalism and verbal harassment to the denial of access to services and public spaces.

“The recent surge in racist attacks against Asian Americans in the U.S. is allegedly linked to public statements and social media posts that refer to the virus as the “Chinese virus,” “Wuhan virus,” or the “Kung Flu,” including by President Donald Trump. In particular, rhetoric blaming Chinese culture and people continues to spread in social media. In one post, a graduate student wrote: “There is a special place in hell reserved for the f*cking Chinese and their archaic culture.. . . [President Trump’s] description of COVID-19 as the Chinese virus is the most accurate thing he has ever said.”

The report expressed concern over the rising wave of racist and xenophobic attacks. It blamed U.S. authorities who have “utterly failed” to take the proper steps to stop it.

The report is yet another knock on the United States on the international stage since President Trump was elected in 2016.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, that are cited by the UN report, are historically known for Asian American hate crimes. Which are cities that consistently vote Blue, not Red, and are all Blue, not Red. This article can point their finger on Donald Trump, but it’s not our 45th US President Donald Trump who elected the Blue leaders of Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. If its Blue lawmakers has not done anything at this point to safeguard the Asian American community who are experiencing it. What makes us think that any of them will when we continue to vote Blue? I don’t know how else to put it. I really do not.

    Hate crimes against Asian Americans have also happened under the 8 year watch of the Barack Obama and Joe Biden administration.

  2. I am Japanese and I think this article does not apply to Japanese demographic group. Actually it it very poorly written. Here in The United States there is NO hate crimes against Japanese Americans. We are treated very respected. I don’t know if the journalist,Randall was WWII survivor of ages 75 or above then I would understand about prejudice to Japanese in United Stares. This article is a true example of narrative unfair view.

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