People have commended singer and beauty guru, Rihanna, after she joined the ranks out in the streets of New York City in order to raise awareness on the increasing hate crimes aimed towards East and Southeast Asians.
Now, it's no secret that, in the past year, there has been a spike in racially motivated hate crimes against the American-Asian community.
Anti-Asian hate crimes are up 150% during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University.
Stop AAPI Hate is proud to announce our latest national report, measuring anti-Asian hate incidents from March 2020-Feb 2021. In the last 12 months, we have tracked 3,795 hate incident reports from APIs in all 50 states and DC. pic.twitter.com/fbKUUdByvj— Stop AAPI Hate (@StopAAPIHate) March 16, 2021
That's the number of anti-Asian hate incidents that were reported across the country between March 2020 and February 2021, according to a report compiled by the nonprofit coalition, Stop AAPI Hate.
The community has undoubtedly endured an unfair stigma during the pandemic, which originated in China.
Many Asian Americans feel exposed by a torrent of dangerous and racially motivated rhetoric by national figures on a cultural crusade, CNN reported.
Most prominently, that includes former President Donald Trump, who presided over 4 years of rising racial tensions and often used division as a tool of personal power.
A tweet by Trump referring to COVID-19 as the "Chinese Virus" was linked with a rise in anti-Asian content on Twitter, research claimed.
Trump's March 16th tweet, which has since been removed from the platform, read:
"The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!"
Those sorts of phrases have promoted a dramatic spike in hate crimes against the community which has resulted in multiple deaths.
Recently, we heard the story of Xiao Zhen Xie, a seventy-five-year-old grandmother from the San Fransisco area who was brutally attacked by Steven Jenkins while waiting to cross the road.
After being given 2 black eyes, the elderly woman grabbed a make-shift weapon from the side of the road and defended herself until police arrived at the scene.
Later, it was discovered that Jenkins had also been responsible for another unprovoked attack on an elderly Asian person that same day. He was charged with 2 counts of assault and "elder abuse."
As horrific as the incident was, Xiao Zhen Xie survived...
And unfortunately, this wasn't the case for several other victims of Asian hate crimes.
Vicha Ratanapakdee tragically died after he was brutally attacked by a nineteen-year-old man.
Ratanapakdee, originally from Thailand, but also living in San Fransisco, was violently pushed as he was walking down the street which resulted in his death. Footage of the event showed that he hit his head on the sidewalk before sliding into a garage door.
He later died in hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries.
The teen is being charged with murder, however, his attorney is rejecting that there was ever any intent to kill.
People have been taking to the streets to protest against this discrimination.
Large protests have been taking place all over the country in order to raise awareness about the serious issue.
And then last month, when 8 people were killed in a racially motivated shooting in a number of Asian spas in Atlanta...
Calls for change only grew.
And now, celebrities are using their platforms to speak out about it.
From Demi Lovato to Scott Evans to well-known fashion brands, people are doing their best to eradicate this unnecessary hate aimed towards East and Southeast Asian communities.
And now, Rihanna has also joined the ranks.
The thirty-three-year-old singer and beauty mogul stepped out onto the streets of New York along with thousands of others in order to protest against the attacks.
The event took place on Sunday, and she was joined by her assistant, Tina Truong, who is of Asian descent.
And people have commended them both for being so hands on at the protest.
RiRi made sure she was equipped for the event, turning up with hand-made signs to hold.
Not only that, but she had a full disguise on and walked alongside fans and made sure her voice was heard.
Fans only knew it was her after one of them asked for her Instagram handle to tag her in some photos...
All in all, it was a good way to raise awareness of the issue. You can also help out by standing in solidarity with the American-Asian community. Sign petitions. Write to your local representatives. Donate whatever you can. Let's stamp racism out.
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