Multiple Asian American Pacific Islander groups and elected officials are calling for a stop to the rising number of reported hate crimes against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
This is the form individuals are encouraged to submit when reporting of coronavirus discrimination against Asian Americans across the country.
This online reporting forum, Stop AAPI Hate, has received more than 650 direct reports of discrimination since its March 18th inception.
Reports include verbal and physical attacks.
Many people, including elected officials and non-profit organizations, point at President Donald Trump for using the phrase “Chinese virus” in a March 18th tweet — causing more anti-Asian American sentiment.
And then five days later, he said this: “It seems that there could be a little bit of nasty language toward the Asian Americans in our country, and I don’t like that at all. These are incredible people. They love our country. And I’m not going to let it happen. So I just wanted to make that point. Because they’re blaming China, and they are making statements to great American citizens that happen to be of Asian heritage. And I’m not going to let that happen.”
Elected leaders were not going to let the president off so easily.
“He intentionally and repeatedly called COVID-19 the ‘Chinese Virus.’ Now, this week, he seems to have been more conciliatory, talking about how we need to protect our Asian American neighbors. And that’s good. It’s better late than never. I hope he ceases and desists from the calling COVID-19 the ‘Chinese Virus.’ He should apologize if he was really going to be sincere. But at least he seems to have stopped using that term,” said NY state Sen. John Liu,
“This is a moment where Donald Trump needs to stand up, not just for red states or blue states, but for every single state and territory across the United States of America,” siad Rep. Judy Chu. “The coronavirus afflicts every single American, regardless of race, religion and region. That’s part of the point that we are making here today. It’s going to require every single American to band together and to unify.”
Other elected leaders like Filipino American Rob Bonta, an assemblyman from California, echo the sentiments of other AAPI leaders.
Bonta, who is part of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative caucus, promotes the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center.
And the National Federation of Filipino American Associations has also released a statement condemning the rise of anti-Asian discrimination amidst the COVID-19 crisis.