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Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have reached an “alarming level” across the United States, in part because President Donald Trump appears to validate the perpetrators’ bigotry, according to a report by United Nations officials made public this week.

Citing more than 1,800 racist incidents against Asian Americans from March to May 2020, the report — signed by the UN’s special rapporteurs on racism and migrant rights, as well as the head of the international body’s working group on discrimination against women — expresses “serious concern over the rising wave of racist and xenophobic attacks,” particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

US authorities, it said, have “utterly failed to take the steps required to detect, monitor, and prevent racist and xenophobic incidents,” resulting in a “state of impunity” for hateful chauvinists.

In April, Senate Democrats sent a letter to Trump noting guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising against terms, such as “Chinese virus” and “Wuhan virus,” that “exacerbate prejudice and discrimination in ways that place lives at risk of violence.”

Trump has disregarded that advice, telling Fox News just this past Sunday that he had “beat this crazy horrible China virus.”

Asian-Americans, in turn, have reported …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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