The world is opening up for people in America. They are doing the vaccinations. They are returning to schools, offices and restaurants.
This is not true for all Americans. Asians-Americans continue to face the assaults because of who I am. There is an epidemic of violence against them. It is nationwide, including in New York, where Asians have lived and worked for many years.
Why is this happening? There is no doubt that former President Trump has stoked the fire. He said China was the cause of the Covid-19 virus. He didn’t say it as a comment. He blamed China and inferred that the virus was intentional.
His words aren’t the only reason Asian Americans are under attack. Some of the attackers are white Trump supporters. Many are people with mental problems. Many are also members of minority groups.
Attacks don’t make sense. But they have a big impact. Young Asians don’t go back to school. Adults don’t use the subway or go to their offices. They fear business travel and the end of remote work at home.
Leaders thought the vaccine would reduce attacks on Asian Americans. Or that ending the pandemic would end the threat. But as one person said, there is no vaccine against bigotry.
What can the company do? Each solution also has a problem, for example more police. The Black Lives Matter movement points out that the police are targeting minorities for harsher treatment. More police could help. But it could also create tension with Asian-Americans and other minorities.
More severe punishment for those who attack Asians could help. The category of attackers is “hate crimes”. Proving that an attack is a hate crime is difficult. There must be evidence. Screaming epithets may not be enough.
These questions matter.
Can I take a walk? Does a mask attract attention? Is the day safer than the night? Are Asian neighborhoods safer? Will it be a new one? federal law we hate crimes help?
Asian parents have the biggest problem. Most school systems will reopen in September. There is no easy way to make sure children are safe on their way to and from school.
One man said he was still eager to get back on a plane. Last year a woman spat on him at an airport. He said, “Go back to where you came from.”
China and the United States are adversaries. Much of what China is doing in its own country and on the world stage is offensive. It has nothing to do with Asians in America.
What is happening to Asians in the United States is another example of the power of hatred.
Source: The New York Times June 9, 2021