Hate Crimes And Racist Assaults Against Asians In America Escalate Due To Coronavirus
Two small Asian children and two adults were recently stabbed at Sam’s Club in Midland Texas in a racist act. The attack is currently being investigated as a hate crime.
The father and son were hurt very badly in the attack with large cuts on their faces and they even needed stitches. The suspect was taken down by a Sam’s Club employee who was injured during the attack. The suspect admitted that he was trying to kill the family. Many people blame other people of Asian descent as the cause of the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Several Attacks Against Asians Reported In New York City
Twitter user Tony He documented an Asian woman being chased in a New York subway station for wearing a face mask. The New York Police Department then replied to the video saying “The NYPD and the Hate Crime Task Force encourage the victim to report this incident to the police for a full investigation.” Face masks have become extremely prominent for people to wear across the world as a protective measure against the spread of coronavirus which can be spread by coughing and sneezing.
You can hear several people in the video yelling at the man to stop attacking the woman. The woman is seen running away from the man until he finally catches her and proceeds to hit her.
This is not the only hate-driven attack against Asians that we have seen in New York City. Another Asian man was pushed and harassed because he wasn’t wearing a face mask in Queens, New York. The man was walking his son to the bus stop when the attack occurred. His attacker continuously yelled at him about not wearing a face mask.
Another attack recently occurred in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood. A 13-year-old boy assaulted an Asian man and kicked him. He then told the man to go back to his country.
Europe And Australia Are Also Seeing An Increase In Racist Coronavirus-Related Crimes
Jonathan Mok was beaten in the London streets a few weeks ago by a man who shouted: “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country!” A group of people then joined in to assault Mok until they fled the scene.
Mok later wrote on Facebook, “Discuss how racism might arise in your society and how we can tackle such a senseless issue. I hope we can move forward to be better people for the future!”
A Chinese student from Australia was also assaulted after he was walking down the street while speaking another language. His attacker told him to “speak English,” and did some severe damage to his eye and cheekbone which will require surgery.
Social Media Users Addressed The Racism Faced By The Asian Community
Some Twitter users commented on how there has been racism towards Asians even before coronavirus started spreading. She noted that “ANYONE can spread the virus,” and Asians shouldn’t exclusively be blamed or attacked for it.
Another Twitter user feared for their Asian mother’s safety in New York City.
Many hope that something will be done to prevent hate crimes and racist attacks like this while coronavirus continues to spread across the globe.