Students react to rising hate crimes against asian citizens

Over the past following weeks, Asian racism has been a growing problem throughout America. “Federal hate crime data for 2020 has not yet been released, though hate crimes in 2019 were at their highest level in over a decade,” said Sam Cabral, a BBC news reporter. Hate crimes are being committed all over the country, starting with the mass shootings in Atlanta. 

Sophomore Maggie McCullough said she thinks the acts of violence are “disgusting” and “inhumane.” 

Although racism has been a sensitive topic this year, neither Asian or African American hate crimes can be justified. “I think, especially in today’s media, Asian racism is so normalized. Asian racism is just not as talked about,” McCullough said. 

McCullough said that ever since she was a child, she has observed unjustifiable actions toward minorities. She said the recent deadly shootings are racially motivated. “I don’t really know if it’s a coincidence that more than a few innocent Asian women were killed that day,” she said. 

McCullough encourages everyone in the community to share on social media any stories regarding the controversial topic. “Spread the real incidents that are happening. We can’t just sit back and watch this happen. Be a performative person. Do your part in the community,” she said. Earlier this week, a Manhattan Asian America was assaulted in public. Multiple ongoing citizens watched the attack, yet did absolutely nothing. In order to put an end to this racism, the community needs to do everything in their power to intervene.

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