What’s Behind Hate Crimes Against Asians in the United States

American actress Karen Fukuhara at the 73rd Emmy Awards, Los Angeles, California, USA, 17 September 2021: Hate attacks against Asians are increasing in the USA | Photo: EFE/EPA/CAROLINE BREHMAN

Actress Karen Fukuhara, 30, who stars in the Amazon series The Boys, said on Instagram that she was hit in the head while walking to a cafe last Thursday (17). “We’ve never had eye contact before, I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary. (…) First I thought about confronting him, but he started walking towards me and I didn’t think It was worth it. After a few seconds of staring at us and yelling at me, he left.

Karen doesn’t say what the attacker was saying, but suggests the content was racist: “This is the first time I’ve been physically attacked, but I’ve had racist slurs and harmful actions directed at me in the past. ” She has Japanese parents but was born in Los Angeles. Her character in the series, Kimiko Miyashiro, is scarred by trauma and possesses superhuman strength.

The case is not isolated. Since at least March 2020, physical attacks against people of Asian descent in the United States have been on the rise. The New York Times documented 110 attacks on Asians between March 2020 and April 2021, including the death of a Thai man. Videos of elderly Asians being pushed to the ground or punched have shocked social media. The document attributes many of these cases to the anti-Asian xenophobia that has accompanied the pandemic.

In some cases, the attackers would say “you are the virus”, “you are infected” and “go back to China”. A Filipino American lady was knocked down on the street, the attacker stomped on her head and said ‘you are not welcome here’. Cases rose from three in 2019 to 28 in 2020. An NGO reported that there were 3,800 incidents of racial hatred against Asians in 2020 in the United States.

When victimization is wrong

Unlike the case of Karen Fukuhara, which fits into a pattern of growing attacks by anti-Asian racists in the United States, there are scams like the case of Jussie Smollett, a mixed-race actor who comes out as black, a former star of the television series Empire. . He was sentenced this year to 30 months, including 150 days in jail and a $145,000 fine and restitution for fabricating a hate crime against himself in Chicago in early 2019.

He paid two Nigerian brothers to beat him, and crafted a fictional story in which he was victimized by assailants who support Donald Trump who beat him, put a noose around his neck (referring to lynchings of blacks) and threw bleach on him. .. when he went out to buy a sandwich late at night on a particularly cold day. It was brought to the attention of the police that the sandwich was intact despite the attack and that he still had the rope around his neck when the officers arrived at his residence. At the time, the current President and Vice President of the United States believed the attack and posted his support on social media. The actor spent a few days in prison and was released by an appeals court.

In his book Hate Crime Hoax: How the Left is Selling a Fake Race War, political scientist Wilfred Reilly compiled 409 false or questionable hate crime allegations from the past decade.

Reilly says cases like Smollett’s shouldn’t come as a surprise because fraud is no longer uncommon. The seven previous cases of alleged racist attacks that also gained notoriety in the nation’s press turned out to be false, Reilly told USA Today. Seven thousand cases of hate crimes are reported each year by the FBI, of which less than 10% are covered by the press. He estimates that fraud accounts for 15% or more of cases. There are cases of hate crime fraud that go against the expected pattern: a Trump supporter, for example, forged vandalism into his vehicle and blamed the Black Lives Matter movement.

When political correctness protects child molesters

In the book Easy Meat: Inside Britain’s Grooming Gang Scandal, Peter McLoughlin reveals that politically correct beliefs have for decades condemned girls raped by gangs made up mainly of Asian men, especially Muslims, in the UK and in the Nederlands.

The victims were mostly white and/or Sikh girls, whom the attackers did not respect: that is, pedophile rapes, in which girls were often attracted to a man who acted as their boyfriend, were hate crimes based on racial and religious traits.

In a document relating to these crimes in the town of Rotherham, in the county of Yorkshire (north of England), the officials declare: “We must take great care in the drafting of this report to ensure that its conclusions include the Rotherham diversity values. It is imperative to avoid suggestions of a larger cultural phenomenon” (as reported in The Times 9/24/2012). The phenomenon of rapist gangs with the above specific characteristics has been known since 2001 in the Netherlands. The authorities’ fear of racist accusations against the rapists has clearly played a significant role in their longstanding impunity in both countries.

In Brazil, the Bahian thinker Antonio Risério caused an uproar on social networks after publishing last January a criticism of identitarians who want to unilaterally change the definition of racism to exempt black people from being able to commit this moral and criminal error. He gave examples of black racists. It was the second controversy provoked by the writer after the publication of his book As Sinhás Pretas da Bahia: Suas Escravas, Suas Joias (Topbooks, 2021), about black women who rose socially in Brazil and had slaves.

An open letter from journalists against Risério was published, critics said on social media that they were shaking and crying because of his texts. A letter of support with over 800 signatures was also released. Something noticeable in videos of attacks on Asians in the United States is that the attackers are often black. The New York Times does not mention this fact in its reporting on the subject. Was it out of the same fear as the British authorities?

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