A new study revealed hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked almost 150% throughout 2020, a year ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic that is speculated to have fueled some of the violence after the virus was first discovered in China.
An analysis released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, looked into hate crimes in 16 of the country’s biggest cities and how they compared from 2019 to 2020.
In New York City, the study found crimes targeting Asian Americans went up 833%. Around 14.5% of the city is part of the Asian American community. Philadelphia and Cleveland both went up 200%, while Los Angeles went up by 114%.
The first spike in anti-Asian hate crimes started in March and April of last year, when the pandemic began to send the country into lockdown. In March, the FBI warned of an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in light of COVID-19.