Anti-Asian hate crimes in New York City increased 361%: police
Anti-Asian hate crimes in New York City rose 361%, according to data shared by the New York Police Department (NYPD) at a press conference this week.
NYPD Hate Crimes Review Panel is a “diverse panel” of community leaders tasked with working with the ministry to ensure “a vigorous enforcement of hate crimes and ultimate justice for New Yorkers who are its victims,” ââaccording to a press release from Commissioner Dermot McShea .
During the conference, law enforcement said there had been more than 500 hate crimes in total this year and that the force had made nearly 250 arrests. This number represents a 106% increase in the total number of hate crimes since 2020.
Hate crimes involving the Jewish community fell from 121 to 183, while hate crimes based on sexual orientation fell from 29 to 85.
Russel Jeung, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, said the increase in the number reported by the community panel is “consistent with a general wave of racism against Asian Americans,” according to NBC.
âThis matches the increase in crime during the epidemic. And third, it reflects the Asian American community more likely to report,â Jeung added.
Jeung said Republicans and Democrats contributed to anti-Asian policies and rhetoric that could fuel hate crimes, according to NBC News.
âAnti-China rhetoric, white supremacy – which influences all sectors of society and Asians are portrayed as outsiders either to the country or to a neighborhood,â Jeung said.
He said anti-Asian prejudices should be tackled through education.
“The promotion of ethnic studies from Kindergarten to Grade 12 will better serve low-income communities, who have to attend public schools, where their children are harassed more,” he added. âWe want to give priority to communities which often do not have a voice. ”