The bulk of crimes are not committed with love and compassion in the minds of the offenders. On its face, the word “hate crime” is a little Orwellian.
Despite this, Americans are being bombarded with reports that “hate crimes” against Asians and Asian Americans are on the rise.
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The implication is that hundreds of profoundly racist and bigoted White Americans are enraged by the “China virus” and are unwittingly venting their frustrations on Asians.
As we will see, this is nothing more than a talking point intended to get Asian Americans into the progressives’ victim group alliance, just like many of the fake “hate crimes” targeting Muslims after 9/11. What a shock: it’s all about politics.
The FBI’s definition of a “hate crime” varies from what was stated in many of these cases.
According to the FBI, a hate crime is “a standard offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an additional factor of bias.”
“A hate crime is a ‘criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s prejudice against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity,’ according to the FBI. Hate is not a crime in and of itself, and the FBI is committed to safeguarding freedom of expression and other civil liberties.”
Nonetheless, the observed increase in “hate crimes” is likely to include a large number of minor events for which no motive can be determined.
It’s unclear if anyone was singled out because of their race, ethnicity, or religion, or whether the incident was simply an instance of daily rudeness or callousness that affects many people, particularly in liberal cities, regardless of their racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds.
Even if it is due to “bias” against people of Indo-European ancestry, when a white person is treated with rudeness, disrespect, name-calling, spitting, and so on, it is never recorded. Because of the lack of a dataset, the recorded events in a country with 330 million people are never fully contextualized.
Stop AAPI Hate, an organization that seeks to expose bigoted behavior against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, is an example of the flimsy allegations and shoddy data coding that are being reported to ostensibly substantiate that “hate crimes” are on the rise.
The troubling nature of most ‘hate crime’ reporting is illustrated by a recent CBS News story on the stabbing of an Asian American man in New York, which is reminiscent of how news media uncritically replicate data from the hard-left activist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The study falsely argues that “the stabbing comes amid a sharp increase in attacks against Asian Americans, both in New York and around the world, fueled in part by misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.” “Since the start of the pandemic, more than 3,000 hate crimes have occurred,” according to advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate.
Stop AAPI’s new study contains a slew of “incidents” that show that the blaring headlines about a rise in “hate crimes” are encompassing a wide range of incidents that do not qualify as horrific crimes like murder, arson, or attack.
The new study “covers the 3,795 cases received by the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021,” according to the group:
The two most common types of incidents recorded are verbal abuse (68.1 percent) and shunning (20.5 percent) (i.e., the intentional exclusion of Asian Americans).
Physical attack is the third most common type of incident, accounting for 11.1 percent of all cases.
Civil rights abuses, such as workplace discrimination, service rejection, and transportation denial, account for 8.5 percent of all cases.
Online abuse accounts for 6.8% of all reported cases.
Just 11 percent of Stop AAPI’s “hate cases” are explicitly physical attacks, with the majority being subjective statements based on self-reporting. Which indicates that, since the outbreak began, only about 417 cases have been classified as “physical abuse” offenses, which would be investigated by police or prosecuted in criminal court. The civil rights abuses, which are focused on self-reporting, number about 300.
A quick glance at some of the event descriptions shows the types of statements that can be found in the database:
My sister was out shopping with a mask on. When she looked at some items, an employee would follow her around and clean up the areas she had hit. My mother observed that she did not do this to any of the other white customers, only my sister. (Arizona, USA)
I called a [rideshare] to get to the doctor (IVF – nothing to do with COVID). I was hiding under a mask. The driver sped away and cancelled the trip when he saw me. (New York, NY) A white man got in my face twice and coughed on me, telling me to return to my homeland. (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Students from Colorado State University developed a parody restaurant named “Ching Chong House,” with dishes like “Mouse tail salad” and “Mouse tail soup.”
When we dig deeper into the data, we discover that the vast majority of the events identified by Stop AAPI occur in red states like New York and California. The top “Hate States” are as follows:
The bulk of ‘hate crimes’ occur in California and New York, accounting for over 58 percent of all incidents. Texas, Georgia, Ohio, Arizona, and Florida (which is generously taking the 2020 elections as anomalies) are red states with diverse demographics and big liberal cities. These red states account for 8% of all “hate events.” About 78 percent of the “hate crimes” occur in blue states.
When you look at the most high-profile cases of suspected ‘hate crimes,’ you will note that the news-projected image of frustrated, Trump-supporting white men enraged by the ‘China virus’ does not match the profile.
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Yahya Muslim, 28, was charged with assault, battery, and elder abuse for a series of attacks on elderly victims in Oakland’s Chinatown in early February. The crimes committed by the defendant were captured on camera.
According to police, the attacker cut a man in the face near the 16th/Mission BART station 30 minutes before the assault on Market Street,” CBS said. “The 64-year-old survivor was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.”
According to CBS, in another case from March, police announced the arrest of two suspects in the fatal assault and robbery of Pak Ho, a 75-year-old Asian survivor.
According to CBS, “Police tweeted about the arrest of 56-year-old Elbert Britton shortly after 5 p.m. Monday.” “According to the tweet, Britton was arrested last Friday in connection with ‘the murder of a 75-year-old Oakland resident.’”
Here is Elbert Britton, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
Here was the getaway driver, Teaunte Bailey.
Bailey was charged with various felonies, including murder, in connection with two separate events, according to People.
In an unprovoked assault on Tuesday, a man in New York City hit an Asian woman with a “hard rock.” According to the NYPD, this is the perpetrator.
A perpetrator was arrested earlier this month for a series of assaults on Asian-American victims. Salman Muflihi is the name of the suspect. According to NextShark, the 23-year-old has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree robbery, and third-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Despite the NYPD’s recommendations for hate crime prosecution, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office refused to prosecute the stabbing as a hate crime, according to ABC7.
The most recent high-profile incident that has been labeled a “hate crime” is the shooting of eight people in a series of Atlanta massage parlors: Long, Robert Aaron
According to Fox News, Long has been charged with at least four counts of murder and a single count of sexual assault.
According to Fox News, “police said two of the victims were White, while the other six victims were Asian-Americans.” “At this time, bias isn’t thought to be a factor.”
According to the New York Times, “the suspect told the police that he had a’sexual problem’ and had carried out the shootings at the massage parlors to eliminate his ‘temptation.”
The details of such cases do not deter Democrats from using them to wage inflammatory attacks against their political rivals.
The former President used racist phrases like Kung Flu that inflamed discrimination against the Asian American community. Officials that continue to use ethnic identifiers in describing the virus are part of the problem. Please instead be a part of the solution. #StopAsianHate https://t.co/xxg3A12aAH
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 17, 2021
Rep. Ted Lieu tried to relate the cases to Donald Trump’s argument that China is to blame for the coronavirus outbreak.
On MSNBC, left-wing commentator Kurt Bardella blamed Republicans and Donald Trump for the attacks on Asian Americans.
“It all lines up with the Republican Party’s use of words like ‘China virus’ and ‘Kung-Flu,’” Bardella said, noting that Trump had used the “inflammatory rhetoric.”
However, as shown by a few high-profile events and the highly subjective and inaccurate reporting on thousands of ‘hate crimes’ against Asian Americans, the assertion that the incidents are even motivated by bigotry is in many cases debatable. If one tries to blame Donald Trump’s language, the case becomes even weaker. If there is a “pattern,” it is that the left would use whatever anecdotal evidence it may find to either drag victims into its political alliance or to target enemies it ideologically sees as “oppressors.”
It’s crucial to note that minorities can’t be “racist” in order to expose the left’s arguments as logically self-contradictory. Since the “power structure” is purportedly “systematically oppressive,” only those who serve the “racist” power structure can be “racist,” according to the left’s stretching of the term “racism.” Minorities’ distrust of white people is ideologically justified, since all white people are “oppressors” who profit from their “privilege” in a “systematically oppressive” society.
Another idea is that we live in a diverse community, and everyone can be motivated by racism to abuse the rights of another person. Acts that violate others’ rights may be motivated by bigotry or not; however, the ideological motive is legally irrelevant. All Americans, regardless of color, gender, faith, or other characteristics, are entitled to equal legal protection. This covers both the legal and natural rights to be shielded from damage to one’s person and property.
Since the radical left uses the law to wrongly accuse its opponents of “hate crimes,” American society is tearing itself apart over a never-ending list of grievances. Civil unrest is the end product of such divisive practices.
The rule of law can no longer be used to spread racial, national, and religious grievances against one another in order to further a political agenda if it were enforced fairly. As a result, it would never receive funding from the far left.