2021-03-03 11:36:02

Asian American Communities Organize Against Rise in Hate Crimes, Say More Policing Is Not the Answer

Anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked across the U.S. over the past year, fueled in part by Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric about the coronavirus. One recent study found a 150% increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans in 2020, even though overall hate crimes fell last year.

Ron Kim, member of the New York State Assembly representing the 40th District in Queens, New York, says anti-Asian sentiment tends to flare up during times of crisis.

“There’s a long history of Asian Americans in this country feeling targeted and scapegoated whenever we experience economic downturns,” says Kim.

Democracy Now! also speaks with Kim Tran, an antiracist writer and organizer based in the Bay Area, who says anti-Asian violence is “diffuse,” affecting people in different ethnic and cultural communities in various ways, “but there is a common sense of racial scapegoating.”

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Amy Goodman Asian Americans Democracy Now! Donald Trump Free Speech TV Hate Crimes Kim Tran New York State Assembly Queens Racism Ron Kim United States

Human Rights and Equality

Rising Up With Sonali

Dr. Mutulu Shakur Freed on Medical Parole After 36 Years in Prison

Dr. Mutulu Shakur Freed on Medical Parole After 36 Years in Prison

Democracy Now!

Noam Chomsky on Legacy of Radical Historian Staughton Lynd, Who Protested Korea, Vietnam & Iraq Wars

Noam Chomsky on Legacy of Radical Historian Staughton Lynd, Who Protested Korea, Vietnam & Iraq Wars

Democracy Now!

Family of British-Egyptian Political Prisoner Alaa Abd El-Fattah on Their Struggle for His Freedom

Family of British-Egyptian Political Prisoner Alaa Abd El-Fattah on Their Struggle for His Freedom

Democracy Now!

World Cup in Qatar Is "Deadliest Major Sporting Event" in History, Built on a Decade of Forced Labor

World Cup in Qatar Is "Deadliest Major Sporting Event" in History, Built on a Decade of Forced Labor

Related

The Thom Hartmann Program

Will GOP Voters Choose Trump Over Republican Victory?

Will GOP Voters Choose Trump Over Republican Victory?

The Randi Rhodes' Show

The DOJ has Appointed a Special Counsel

The DOJ has Appointed a Special Counsel

Democracy Now!

Filipino Climate Activist Yeb Saño on COP27, Climate Reparations & Philippines' New President Marcos

Filipino Climate Activist Yeb Saño on COP27, Climate Reparations & Philippines' New President Marcos

Democracy Now!

Noam Chomsky on Legacy of Radical Historian Staughton Lynd, Who Protested Korea, Vietnam & Iraq Wars

Noam Chomsky on Legacy of Radical Historian Staughton Lynd, Who Protested Korea, Vietnam & Iraq Wars

Proud Partners