COVID-19: Pandemic brings rise in anti-Asian discrimination
Updated 10:41, 21-Feb-2021

U.S. House of Representatives member Judy Chu of California, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers are denouncing the spike in racist violence toward Asian Americans.

With cases reported across the country, mostly in major cities, the U.S. has seen a rise in these kinds of discriminatory acts since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In 2020, New York police reported a 1,900% jump in hate crimes toward Asians. 

Hollywood celebrities are also speaking out against the violence.

Actress Olivia Munn recently used her social media followers to help find a man who attacked a 52-year-old Asian woman in New York City.

Many say former President Donald Trump's xenophobic rhetoric is to blame for the rise in racist acts toward Asians.

Stop AAPI Hate, a group that tracks racial violence toward Asians, created a database at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization received over 2,808 reports of anti-Asian discrimination between March 19th and December 31st, 2020.

But the violence has carried into 2021.

Upon entering office, U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order denouncing anti-Asian discrimination. 

Schools are also concerned with the rise in discrimination, as some school districts prepare to head back into the classroom. 

New York City administrators said its led some families to keep their children home instead of attending in-person classes.

Families have expressed fear of not just bullying in school but also harassment from other adults while on their way to school

Multicultural communities and Asian American organizations are coming together to help fight anti-Asian discrimination.

They're calling for community-based solutions instead of increased policing and have organized volunteers to walk with older Asian Americans as they run errands.

Many of these volunteers are working in the California Bay Area, since the region has seen a jump in discriminatory acts in 2021.

Black and Asian Americans held a solidarity rally in Oakland to fight negative rhetoric between both communities. 

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