A new report out analyzing the race of suspects in anti-Asian attacks found in 184 incidents analyzed, news articles identified 89% of the suspects as White.
The report relied on information culled from news accounts. The authors from the University of Michigan’s Viral Hate Project reviewed 4,337 stories connected to 1,023 unique incidents.
Those stories identified the race of the suspects in just 18 percent of the incidents. In those incidents, the stories identified 165 of the offenders as White and 10 as Black.
“The information that we have, while limited and imperfect, does not support the common claim that Black hostility is driving the current epidemic of anti-Asian racism and violence,” the authors wrote.
Melissa Borja, Ph.D. and Jacob Gibson, who wrote the report, acknowledged more work needs to be done on this topic to uncover trends in anti-Asian harassment and practices in the news media’s coverage of race.
The report also found most of the offenders are male rather than female. News media accounts identified the gender of the offender in 470 incidents.
76% were men versus 24% women.
The report also analyzed what it identified as stigmatizing comments made by politicians. The authors identified 157 such incidents.
In 152 of those incidents, the offender aligns with the Republican Party. Just under 50% came from the White House and 20% came from members of Congress.
Other findings in the study confirm what had previously been reported by Stop AAPI Hate.
The overwhelming majority of the incidents involve harassment and vandalism. 679 of the 1,023 unique instances.
Just under 80% of those incidents involve verbal harassment. 16% involve physical harassment.
Chinese Americans account for 58% of the victims followed by Koreans (15%), Vietnamese (9%), Filipinos (7%), Hmong (5%), and Japanese (3%).
65% of the victims identified as female.
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