For generations now, the United States of America has been an anchor for several misbehaviours and misconducts on individuals through prejudice, injustice, discrimination and strong criticism by considering and believing that white is the superior race over the races like Blacks, Mexicans, Asians etc.
And the Asian hate crimes have strikingly rose to 150% after the covid-19 pandemic outbreak. Out of thousands of hate crimes against Asians, two of the incidents were spotlighted in the mainstream around the globe. Also, one of the videos went viral on social media.
Subhakar Khadk of Nepal descent is a UBER driver in California. On March 7th 2021, he was attacked and harassed by his women passengers for requesting one of them to wear the mask. The three women started yelling racial slurs and coughing at him for intending to spread the virus. Also, they threatened to shoot him and call their cousins to shoot him.
On March 17th 2021, the gunshots at three Atlanta Spas resulted in the death of eight women of Asian descent. This terrifying incident triggered thousands of Asian American communities across the United States of America to express their fear, worry and torment over social media handles, especially on Twitter by trending hashtags – #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate.
The STOP AAPI Hate Reporting Centre – a non-profit social organisation that tracks incidents of discrimination, hate and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States released a report by revealing that there were 3,800 anti-Asian racist hate crime incidents, mostly against women in the past year.
After the outbreak pandemic – coronavirus, the world was exposed to China’s other face and most of the nations considered it to be a biological war. During the press meets, Donald Trump, former president of the USA mocked China in terrible ways by calling coronavirus the Kung virus and China virus. There are many videos of him disrespecting the Chinese ethnicity reporters.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, George Floyd, a black man was knelt on his neck by one of the four police officers for 9 minutes and 29 seconds (says Wikipedia). The assault provoked the black communities in America for racially motivated violence against blacks. Amidst of pandemic out-break, many protesters and celebrities went on the ground to be a part of #BlackLivesMatter movements seeking justice.
If you are wondering, what is that I am trying to convey here, it is that in America, racism is not a new thing. But why do you think, there aren’t any movements, rally or protests initiated against Asians hate crimes?
In America, people are differentiated into three kinds: Whites, Blacks and Asians. The country is filled with many insecurities against Asians, which gave rise to a myth called model minority, the theory suggests that by considering the people belonging to this minority demographic (Asian communities) to have achieved a higher degree of socioeconomic success than any other ethnic background because of hard work, education and inherently law-abiding nature.
On August 26th 2014, The O’Reilly Factor, a show in fox news detailed the statistics of the growth of three ethnicities ( Whites, Black, Asians).
There are many other theories that support and look down on Asians. Because of few whites not being able to grow undermines the fact why Asians can do it and not Whites. The root cause of the problem lies in the conformation of decentralised politics and the influence of media that failed to follow rules and regulations of the journalism and laws of the country.
We have one colour in Blood. And we need to stop discriminating against people by their races and ethnicities. Let’s stand in solidarity with Asian Community and condemn violence.
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