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New Study Finds Most Perpetrators of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Are White

New analysis of anti-Asian hate crime statistics reveals a majority of perpetrators are White, NBC News reports.

Janelle Wong, a professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park examined nine sources and four different data states relating to anti-Asian hate crimes. She looked at data from Stop AAPI Hate, Pew Research and official law enforcement statistics.

Wong’s analysis revealed that more than three-quarters of perpetrators of anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents, before and during the pandemic, were White.

Unfortunately, news reports and social media often encourage the idea that most anti-Asian violence and discrimination is committed by people of color, NBC News reports.

“This is really how crime is framed in the United States — it’s framed as the source is Black,” Wong told NBC News.

Wong says a misreading of a study from the American Journal of Criminal Justice, which examined anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents from 1994-2014, may have also contributed to misplaced blame. The study found that compared to anti-Black and anti-Latino hate crimes, a higher proportion of perpetrators of anti-Asian hate crimes were people of color.

Ultimately, however, the study found that more than three-quarters of the perpetrators were White.

The misconceptions perpetuate harmful racial stereotypes, specifically anti-Blackness, NBC News reports. Yet, Wong pointed out that despite the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, Black people are the most targeted racial group.

Wong added that the misconceptions can also hurt opportunities for racial solidarity. Most anti-Asian attackers are not people of color, however, research suggests that most people of color are concerned about the rise in anti-Asian hate.

A poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 85 percent of Black Americans and 82 percent of Hispanic Americans were at least somewhat concerned about the violence against Asians had increased during the pandemic. Only 74 percent of White Americans were at least somewhat concerned.

Within those groups, 50 percent of Black Americans, 47 percent of Hispanic Americans and 41 percent of White Americans were extremely concerned.

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  1. Love these hit pieces that have little to no supporting or collaborating evidence except for one “expert” and the creative writing of the so called journalist. Are these hate crimes or just two people of different color in dispute?

    Until people realize that people will ALWAYS find a reason to not like others and accept it as human nature, they will always HAVE to find the answer to why hate and violence happens. Unfortunately the easiest answer to this is simply that they are a different color /ethnicity. Two people at odds, who also happen to be of different color, may just be jerks and nothing more. But no, lets just sit back and watch until ol’ whitey wins a argument/fight/court case and get racism screamed in their face, or the POC wins and gets applauded while simultaneously shunning the white person and all white people in the area.

    I’m sure this is not the world that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of and fought for. This is however the world that fills the pockets if Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and the BLM upper echelon.

    Here are some stats from the CDC and Justice Department;

    In New York City in 2018, 73% of shooting victims were African American shot by another African American, though African Americans residents comprise only 24% of the city’s population.

    Nationally, African Americans between the ages of 10 and 34 die from homicide at 13 times the rate of white Americans, disproportionately by other African Americans, and the last five years the police have fatally shot about 1,000 civilians annually, the vast majority of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African Americans only account for about 23% of those shot and killed by police; they are about 13% of the U.S. population, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Justice Department.

    The Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings showed 14 unarmed African American suspects and 25 unarmed white suspects in 2019

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