Hate crimes against Asian and Black people rise sharply in the U.S., FBI says

Posted on AllSides August 31st, 2021
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The number of reported hate crimes nationwide against Asian and Black people sharply increased in 2020, according to new FBI data released Monday.

Hate crimes targeting people of Asian descent rose by a whopping 70% last year compared with the number of such incidents in 2019, the FBI said.

That increase coincided with the outbreak in the United States of the Covid-19 pandemic, which some racists have unjustly blamed on Asian Americans because of the coronavirus’ origin in China. Rhetoric attacking the Chinese government from former President Donald Trump and his allies...

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