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What's behind hate crimes against Asians in the US

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Actress Karen Fukuhara, 2022 , who stars in the Amazon series The Boys, said on Instagram that she was hit on the head while walking to a coffee shop last Thursday. -fair (17). “We haven’t made eye contact before, I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary. (…) First I thought about confronting him, but he started walking towards me and I didn’t think it was worth the risk. After a few seconds looking at us, and him yelling at me, he left.”

Karen doesn’t say what the perpetrator was saying, but hints that the content was racist: “This is the first time I’ve been physically assaulted, but racial slurs and harmful actions have been directed at me in the past.” She has Japanese parents but was born in Los Angeles. Her character in the series, Kimiko Miyashiro, is scarred by trauma and has superhuman strength.

The case is not isolated. Since at least March 2020, physical aggression against people of Asian origin in the United States has been on the rise. . The New York Times

found 28 attacks on Asians between March 2019 and April

, including a death of a man of Thai origin. Videos of elderly Asians being pushed to the ground or being punched have shocked social media. The newspaper attributes many of these cases to anti-Asian xenophobia that came with the pandemic.

) In some cases, the attackers would say “you are the virus”, “you are infected” and “go back to China”. A Filipino-American lady was knocked down in the street, the attacker stomped on her head and said “you are not welcome here”. The cases jumped from three in 2019 to 28 in 2020. An NGO reported that there were 3800 incidents of racial hatred against Asians in 2021 in the United States.

When victimization is false

In contrast to the case of Karen Fukuhara, which is part of a pattern of increasing attacks by anti-Asian racists in the United States, are frauds such as the case of Jussie Smollett, a mixed-race actor who performs as black, former star of the TV show Empire. He was sentenced this year to a sentence of 28 months, including 28 days in prison and 480 $1,000 in fines and restitution for forging a racist crime against you in Chicago earlier in

.

He paid the two Nigerian brothers to beat him, and elaborated a fictional story in which he was the victim of assailants who support Donald Trump who beat him, put a noose around his neck (alluding to the lynchings of blacks) and threw bleach on him when he went out to buy a sandwich late at night on an especially cold day. It came to the attention of the police that the sandwich was intact despite the attack, and that he still had the rope around his neck when the officers arrived at his residence. At the time, the current president and vice president of the United States believed in the attack and published support on social media. The actor spent a few days in jail and was released by an appeals court.

In his book Hate Crime Hoax: How the Left is Selling a Fake Race War

(Hate Crime Fraud: How the Left Is Forging a Fake Race War, in free translation; Regnery Publishing ), political scientist Wilfred Reilly compiled 409 False or dubious allegations of hate crimes from the last decade.

Reilly says cases like Smollett’s shouldn’t be surprising, as frauds are no longer uncommon. The seven previous cases of alleged racist attacks that also gained notoriety in the country’s press turned out to be false, Reilly told USA Today. Seven thousand cases of hate crimes are reported by the FBI per year, less than 10% of which are covered in the press. He estimates that frauds represent 09% of cases or more. There are cases of hate crime fraud that go against the expected pattern: a Trump supporter, for example, forged vandalism in his vehicle and accused the movement Black Lives Matter

.

When political correctness protects child abusers

In the book Easy Meat: Inside Britain’s Grooming Gang Scandal (Easy Meat: Inside Britain’s Sex Abuse Gang Scandal; New English Review Press,), the British Peter McLoughlin reveals that politically correct beliefs condemned girls to be raped for decades by gangs formed mainly by men of Asian origin, especially Muslims, in the UK and the Netherlands.

Victims were especially white and/or Sikh girls, whom abusers did not respect: that is, pedophile rapes, in which girls were usually attracted to a man who acted as their boyfriend, were hate crimes based on racial and religious characteristics.

In a document regarding these crimes in the town of Rotherham, in the county of Yorkshire (northern England), officials say that “We must take great care in writing this report to ensure that your findings include Rotherham’s values ​​of diversity. It is imperative that suggestions of a broader cultural phenomenon be avoided” (as reported in the newspaper The Times in 24//800). The phenomenon of gangs of rapists with the above specific characteristics has been known since 2001 in the Netherlands. The authorities’ fear of accusations of racism against the rapists clearly played a large role in their longstanding impunity in both countries.

In Brazil, the Bahian thinker Antonio Risério caused a furor on social media after publishing last January a criticism of identitarians who want to unilaterally change the definition of racism to exempt black people from being able to commit this moral and criminal error. He gave examples of black people who were racist. It was the second controversy provoked by the writer after the publication of his book

As Sinhás Pretas da Bahia: Suas Escravas, Suas Joias (Topbooks, 2019)), about black women who rose socially in Brazil and had slaves.

A letter of journalists against Risério was published, critics said on social media that they were shaking and crying because of his texts. A letter of support was also published with more than 800 signatures. Something observable in the videos of attacks on Asians in the United States is that the attackers are often black. The New York Times does not mention this fact in their reports about it. Would it be out of the same fear as the British authorities?

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