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Anti-Asian hate crimes in California surged 177% in 2021 — worst level since 9/11

  • California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that nearly 1,763 hate crimes were reported in 2021, indicating a 33% increase from 2020.
  • This figure represents the highest tally since the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when California saw 2,261 reported hate crimes.
  • Based on the recent data, the most common targets of racially motivated violence and property crimes were Black and Asian Californians.
  • According to Bonta, the 240 anti-Asian hate crimes in 2021 indicate a “skyrocketing” 177% jump from 2020, which he attributed to “the bigoted words of our former president” that caused “a trickle” of racial animosity into “a flood.”
  • Bonta also announced the new statewide hate crime coordinator position within the California Department of Justice. The person chosen for this role will assist state and local law enforcement with combating hate crimes.

The number of reported hate crimes in California has reportedly reached a catastrophic level, the worst since the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

During a news conference on Tuesday, the state’s Attorney General Rob Bonta highlighted the nearly 1,763 hate crimes reported in 2021, which indicates a 33% increase from 2020.

Student protesting Islamophobia sparks outrage by ‘throwing away’ thousands of flags honoring 9/11 victims

American flags get thrown away on 9/11 by student

A student leader in Missouri is making national headlines after allegedly tossing thousands of American flags planted in honor of those who had fallen on 9/11 at his university. 

What he did: Fadel Alkilani, who attends Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), was filmed collecting the flags planted at the school’s Mudd Field on Saturday morning. The video shows him carrying them in multiple plastic bags before walking away in an unknown direction.

Meet the Forgotten Asian-American Hero of 9/11

betty ong

While numerous heroics have been largely told about the brave men and women who stood against the terror of the 9/11 a‌t‌tac‌k‌s, few knew about one flight attendant’s bravery. 

Chinese-American flight attendant Betty Ong, who flew on American Airlines, helped save lives by telling emergency personnel on the ground what was happening aboard her doomed flight on that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001.

Meet The Asian-American Man Who Sacrificed Himself to Save Lives During 9/11

zack zeng

Nearly 20 years ago, an Asian-American man witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attack from his office situated just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Though he was out of harm’s way, 29-year-old Zack Zeng decided to sacrifice his life in order to save others.

Zeng, whose Chinese name is “Zeng” Zhe, was born in Guangzhou, China in 1972. He moved to the United States in 1988 and went on to earn his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester. He received his MBA degree from Rochester at the William E. Simon School of Business Administration before serving as an assistant treasurer at the Bank of New York in the receipts depository division in 1998.