The City of Austin Equity Office reports uptick in Asian American hate crimes

The city said the hate crimes are often underreported.

AUSTIN, Texas – The City of Austin Equity Office announced that it has seen an increase in hate crimes in Asia and America, similar to elsewhere in the country, such as vandalism in an Asian small business in San Antonio. Some sections of the Austin community tell KVUE that they hope more people will continue their education.

“I’ve experienced racism my entire childhood,” said Jane Ko, an Austin blogger for A Taste of Koko, who was born in Taiwan. “I would never imagine that in 2021, a full year after COVID-19, we would still experience racism because of this pandemic.”

Austin Asian Community Health Initiative executive director Hailey Easley said she was also aware of hate crimes in the Austin area.

“We’ve definitely heard of some hate crimes from our customers and our own team,” said Easley. “I think it won’t end until we are able to address our history and our history of racism in this country.”

“Given that the leadership we had in our country attributed a very deadly and terrible pandemic to the whole country, I am not very surprised that this happened,” Easley continued. “If you put a group of people like this and tell people that these people are responsible for the death of your parents, your neighbors, I think it would make sense for people to be angry and upset and that association becomes a lot more vivid . “

A decade ago, Asians made up a little less than 5% of Austin’s subway population. In 2019, that number was close to 8%. According to the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asians are the fastest growing population in Austin, doubling about every 12 years.

The Stop APPI Hate Group received 63 anti-Asian American hate reports in Texas from March 2020 to July 2020, according to a July 2020 report.

Austin City Immigration Coordinator for the Equity Office, Rocio Villalobos, said these crimes were not adequately reported.

“They are finding their stores are being destroyed or receiving death threats. We know there has been a significant amount of verbal harassment and cases of people being spat at,” said Villalobos. “We also know that there have been incidents that have not been reported because people fear for their safety. They fear that they or their companies, their families, will be targeted for talking about what is happening.”

Villalobos said everyone has the right to be safe and nobody should fear for their life.

“There are people here in the community who care what happens to them,” said Villalobos.

The city of Austin has set up a link to report harassment related to COVID-19, particularly for people in the Asian community.

Austin police said their department had not seen a surge in hate crimes against the Asian-American community. Your statement:

“Austin continues to live up to its well-deserved reputation as a diverse and accepting community. We have not seen an increase in hate crimes against the Asian-American community and are unaware of any credible threats.

“The Austin Police have taken notice of media coverage highlighting unfortunate examples of hate speech. These incidents, while disappointing, do not meet the elements of a crime set out in the Texas Penal Code. Anyone who has been or has information about a potential hate crime are asked to report them to the police so we can investigate. “

APD has an Asian Outreach program and an assigned liaison that has worked with the Asian community.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler made the following comment:

“The racist attacks and hate crimes against the Asia-Pacific islander community are a national problem, and so is Austin. The members of the city council and I recognized this in 2020.

“The Asia-Pacific Islander community makes up 8% of the city’s total population, and Asia-Pacific Islander-owned businesses make up a significant portion of the overall economy in Austin.

“One of the things that makes Austin one of the best places to live and work is its people. The city is rich in its general diversity, and that heterogeneity benefits our entire community and economy.

“We support, protect and celebrate our city’s Asia Pacific Islander families, their businesses and their cultural contributions to the Austin community.”

Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce provided resources to fight hate crimes against Asia. His statement is below:

“The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce strongly condemns all acts of violence against innocent people, whether racially motivated or otherwise. Although we are still waiting to hear more information as things progress, this type of violence and its media coverage Can Harm Asian Businesses We believe in the sanctity and nobility of all human life and uphold the values ​​of our free and diverse nation to provide opportunities to live, work, and our economy and community for everyone who calls America home to contribute in peace and security, our thoughts and prayers go with the families of all those affected by this tragedy in Atlanta.

“Austin leaders reacted strongly to these events and urged greater vigilance and protection for the Austin Asian-American community. We are so happy to have such friends in our community.

“Austin Councilor Alison Alter has reached out to Chief Manley and Assistant Chief Gay to reaffirm the need to be vigilant and protect the Asian-American community in Austin.

“While the Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC) is unaware of any credible threats to the central Texas area, ARIC has sent a situation awareness report to law enforcement in the area asking them to increase the presence of flagged patrol units in and around Asian companies and communities. “

“Our officers were aware of this information and patrols in these locations will be stepped up when time permits,” Austin police said.

Congressman Lloyd Doggett also expresses support for the Austin Asian community.

“Our local Asian-American community is critical to Austin’s dynamic success. Increasing anti-Asian violence and hate speech must be vigorously combated by prosecuting wrongdoers, speaking out against racism, supporting our local businesses, attending our Stop Asian Hate rally on Saturday 17th April, and being with our Asian Americans at every turn Neighbors are held together. ”

The City of Austin Equity Bureau reports that the Austin Asian community has been dealing with harassment related to COVID-19. If you are a victim or witness of a hate crime, please report your incident here: austintexas.gov/page/report-covid-19-racism

If you notice any micro-attacks, racial profiles, or attacks of any kind – be it a dirty look, a racial fraud, or something worse – here are some tips:

  1. Dial 911 when you are in danger
  2. When there are people around you, turn to ONE person to help (people respond individually rather than as a group). You can say, “This person is rude and I feel threatened. Can you show me to my car?”
  3. If you witness an incident and there is no danger, approach the victim and move away together. If you can safely videotape the incident, further action can be taken, either with the police or on social media
  4. Report incidents to the City of Austin.

GAACC member Fowler Law Firm also offered a free consultation. If you’ve been a target call 512-441-1411. Act To Change has multilingual resources on how to deal with bullying.

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