A new report found that the number of bias crimes targeting Asians and Black people has risen dramatically in Oregon.
According to Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission released its latest report this month examining bias crimes and incidents throughout the state.
The commission found that anti-Asian incidents went up by 200% last year and anti-Asian crime increased by 300% in 2021. Asians made up 12 percent of the victims who reported bias crimes and hate crimes. Around 34 percent of the victims of reported hate crimes were Black people.
Anti-Asian bias incidents and crimes in Oregon have made headlines over the past month. Over the 4th of July weekend, an Asian American man and his daughter were attacked by a man who made comments about their perceived Japanese descent. A week later a man was arrested after making anti-Asian comments during a road rage incident.
“It’s important to document what happened so people know. People deny that this is actually a problem in Oregon. We can demonstrate, we actually do, and this is what’s hurting,Fay Stetz-Waters, the Department of Justice civil rights director said in an interview with OPB.
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