Coronavirus 'Hate' Tracker Now Includes More Than 1,400 Reports of Anti-Asian Racism
Stop AAPI Hate, a weeks-old online tool that's been tracking anti-Asian racism in an attempt to capture the scope of the problem. Launched in mid-March by California advocacy organizations, the tracker has gotten more than 1,400 reports and counting.
Experiencing racism has been a common hallmark of the Asian American experience over the years, but the frequency and severity of the incidents taking place during the pandemic is hitting the highest levels in decades.
Verbal abuse, physical assault, shunning in public places, workplace discrimination and online abuse dominate the reports made to Stop AAPI Hate.
"What it tells community members is that they're not part of the fabric of America, that they are seen as subhuman," said Manjusha Kulkarni, head of the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council in Los Angeles, or A3PCON.
Kulkarni's group helped develop the tracker with the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University and Chinese for Affirmative Action in San Francisco. Reports can be submitted in eight languages, including Thai and Punjabi.