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Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in US increased 339 Percent Last Year

New data released Monday found that hate crimes against Asian Americans in the United States rose 339 percent last year, The Hill reports.

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism released a compilation of data on hate crimes, including specific data points on anti-Asian hate crimes. New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco surpassed their record numbers of anti-Asian hate crimes, NBC News reports.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) expressed support and solidarity for the Asian American community in light of the new data.

“American Muslims – many of whom are of Asian heritage – are in solidarity with members of the AAPI community and all those targeted by the rising level of hatred and bigotry in our nation,” CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said in a press release.

Last year, Los Angeles reported more hate crimes than any other city in the U.S. This includes hate crimes against all groups, not just Asian Americans. Black Americans remain the most targeted group in the U.S.

John C. Yang, executive director of the nonprofit civil rights group Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC, told NBC News that the data shows the need for solidarity amongst communities.

“We must bring attention to the hate that impacts all communities,” Yang said. “The support of our allies representing diverse communities of color and diverse faith communities has meant a great deal as our Asian American communities have been under attack. All of our diverse communities, including LGBTQ+ communities, have experienced hate, and there is a profound but tragic solidarity in that.”

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