Linguistic Scapegoats Harm Asians, Indians in US: AAPI Report

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One in five incidents involve the linguistic scapegoating of Asian Americans, including Indians, wrongly blaming them for Covid, espionage or economic insecurity, according to a new report from Stop AAPI hate, a coalition that fight against anti-Asian and Pacific Islander hatred.

Coinciding with the U.S. midterm elections, the report, “The Blame Game: How Political Rhetoric Inflames Anti-Asian Scapegoating, also found that “one in 10 tweets in 2020 by politicians about Native Americans Asian language included racist or stigmatizing language”.

Even as deaths and illnesses from Covid-19 decline, the number of reported hate incident cases has doubled to more than 11,000 since 2020, including 2,250 in which Asian Americans have been scapegoated. of the pandemic, according to the report.

A nationwide survey conducted by the AAPI in March estimated that at least three million AAPIs experienced hate incidents between March 2021 and March 2022.

“We found 95 incidents (4% of all scapegoating incidents) where Asians or Asian Americans are blamed on national security grounds, alleging members of the community are spies on behalf of the Party Chinese communist.

Second, we identified 15 incidents (1% of all scapegoating incidents) where Asian Americans are blamed for being economic threats that deprive “real” Americans of jobs,” the report notes.

The report further states that “racial scapegoating, the act of unfairly blaming communities of color for societal problems, is a political strategy that has been used throughout our country’s history, often at a heightened level around elections by candidates seeking to irritate voters”.

A third of the Senate, 33 members, and the entire House of Representatives, 435 members, will participate in the November 8 midterm elections.

“As we head into the midterm elections, Stop AAPI Hate is deeply concerned about the racial scapegoating of Asian Americans,” said Stop AAPI Hate Co-Founder and Executive Director of AAPI Equity. Alliance Manjusha Kulkarni.

People of color should be able to approach elections without fear of being targeted, as candidates rely on fear and blame to annoy their base,” Kulkarni said.

American Indians make up more than 1% of the country’s population and have one of the highest per capita incomes among ethnic groups.

While the community is concentrated in major regions like New York, New Jersey, California and Texas, their votes could prove decisive in the event of close races in the states of Florida, Atlanta and Pennsylvania.

AAPI, or Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, consist of approximately 50 distinct ethnic groups with ties to Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Hawaiian, and other Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Stop AAPI Hate tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, avoidance, and bullying of children against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

(The story was posted via a syndicated feed with an edited title.)

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