Around 100 Attacks on Asian Americans Occur Every Day Due to Coronavirus Fears, Says Rep. Judy Chu
By Carl Samson
On Tuesday, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), told MSNBC that there had been at least 1,000 hate crimes against Asian Americans in the last five weeks. Alarmingly, such reports now come at an average of 100 per day — and “they are all over the country,” according to the congresswoman.
These figures corroborate the FBI’s recent warning of a rise in hate crimes. “The FBI makes this assessment based on the assumption that a portion of the U.S. public will associate COVID-19 with China and Asian American populations,” the agency said.
In late February, CAPAC urged fellow members of the Congress to help them “prevent hysteria, ignorant attacks, and racist assaults that have been fueled by misinformation” pertaining to COVID-19 (Read more).