As of this writing, the U.S. tops the rest of the world with more than 203,000 cases, followed by Italy (110,574), Spain (102,136), China (82,361) and Germany (76,544), according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University
On Tuesday, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), told MSNBC
that there had been at least 1,000 hate crimes against Asian Americans in the last five weeks. Alarmingly, such reports now come at an average of 100 per day — and “they are all over the country,”
according to the congresswoman.
These figures corroborate the FBI’s recent warning
of a rise in hate crimes. “The FBI makes this assessment based on the assumption that a portion of the U.S. public will associate COVID-19 with China and Asian American populations,”
the agency said.
In late February, CAPAC
urged fellow members of the Congress to help them “prevent hysteria, ignorant attacks, and racist assaults that have been fueled by misinformation”
pertaining to COVID-19.
Two weeks later, more than 260 civil rights groups
demanded the Congress to come up with “tangible steps to counter the hysteria,”
claiming that the American people already “need to hear from leaders such as yourselves.”
“These are very, very alarming and are not helped by President Trump who calls this the ‘Chinese virus,’” Rep. Chu told MSNBC. “Every responsible healthcare leader has spoken out and said that it should be called by its proper name: coronavirus or COVID-19.”
However, Trump has since denied that the term is racist. While the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have explicitly stated that it is inappropriate
, the president argued that there is “nothing not to agree on,”
because the virus comes from China.
NextShark launched an incident report form
for Asian Americans to log experiences of harassment, discrimination and violence against them.
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