What you need to know about the latest wave of hate crime in America
A wave of new hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans in the United States is raising questions about how long the phenomenon has been going on.
The wave started to hit Asian-American communities on New Year’s Eve and is expected to continue this week.
It’s being blamed for many recent attacks on Asians, particularly targeting Asians of Korean descent, as well as a recent spate of robberies and other assaults on Asian businesses in New York and California.
But the real number of hate crimes is likely much higher, experts say.
The FBI reports there have been at least 13,724 incidents of racial or ethnic harassment targeting Asian Americans in the U.S. so far this year.
That includes attacks on Asian people, especially Asian women, and Asian men.
But it also includes attacks against Asian people who have been attacked or harassed by a black or Latino assailant, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
The new wave of incidents follows an uptick in hate crimes reported in January and February, the latest data available.
That’s according to data compiled by the Anti’s database of hate incidents, which include both police and social media posts.
A study released this week by the Asian American Journalists Association found that more than 2,500 incidents of hate-related incidents were reported in February.
That same month, the National Coalition Against Hate Crimes reported that there were 1,738 hate crimes against Asian Americans, which includes all kinds of hate, including vandalism, threats, intimidation and hate crimes.
But experts are concerned that the number of new incidents is a fraction of the total, which is far from the number who have died and been hurt in the past year.
The National Coalition against Hate Crimes, a nonprofit organization, said it estimates that between 3,000 and 6,000 people have died due to hate crimes in the last year.
It also said it had counted more than 8,000 instances of death, including 567 deaths in 2017.
The group has also tallied at least 3,500 hate-motivated deaths over the past five years, the organization reported.
“It’s a matter of whether or not the media is reporting this accurately,” said Richard J. Fung, the president and CEO of the Anti, which has worked with law enforcement agencies to track hate crimes, including hate crimes committed against Asian-Pacific Islanders.
Fong said it’s a big concern that many of these new hate crime statistics are being reported at the same time that hate crimes continue to rise, particularly with more people coming to identify as Asian Americans.
“What I’m really concerned about is that we are not seeing a response to these types of attacks,” Fung said.
The latest spike comes as President Donald Trump has intensified efforts to curb immigration and to crack down on illegal immigration.
His administration has announced new immigration restrictions on legal residents of the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany, and is considering barring visas to certain foreign countries that are deemed to harbor terrorists.
Trump’s immigration crackdown has drawn criticism from Democrats and others.
The Anti-Discrimination Act has been blocked in federal court by a federal judge, and Trump has threatened to withhold federal funds from states that allow sanctuary cities.
The Justice Department has said it will file a lawsuit against the state of Texas over its immigration policies.
But Trump’s executive order on immigration is also being challenged in federal courts.
The U.K. is the only European country that has not been granted full sanctuary status.
“We need to be very vigilant,” said Fung.
“The fact that we’re seeing more incidents in the same place, that’s not good for our community.”
Fung also questioned why more of these incidents have not been reported in the media, as the U-K.
government has announced it will open its immigration data to public access for the first time since May.
“I think that’s a problem,” he said.
Funkin Fong, an assistant professor of Asian-american studies at Loyola Marymount University, said the number is likely in the hundreds of thousands of people in the country who have experienced at least one hate crime and are likely to be targeted by someone who has.
“People who are targeted by this hate will know it’s happening, because it’s something that has happened to them,” he added.
The numbers also don’t include incidents that are considered “unlawful and/or constituting an abuse of official power,” which is defined as a violation of the rights of a person or a property, such as when a police officer or a sheriff’s deputy use force against someone.
A federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s enforcement of the law in February, ruling that the president’s executive orders on immigration are unconstitutional.
The administration appealed, and on Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in that case.
The Supreme Court could issue a decision by the end of the month.
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