A social media campaign was launched on Tuesday to condemn racism and hate crimes against Asians.
In this regard, the world-famous South Korean band “BTS” penned down a letter in the support of Asians (mostly people from West Asia and Pacific Islands) who are now the target of racism and hate crimes, especially in the United States.
“We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones,” the BTS wrote in the letter which they shared on Twitter in both Korean and English languages.
In the letter, the pop group also recalled their moments when they had to face discrimination because of their Asian origin.
“What is happening right now cannot be disassociated from our identity as Asians,” the band stated while sharing a hashtag (#StopAsianHate).
Earlier on March 16, a series of mass shootings in Atlanta claimed eight lives out of which six victims had the Asian background. The 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long confessed the crime which, however, could not be directly linked with the racism against Asians.
The shootings sparked debate about anti-Asian hate crimes which have been on the rise since 2020 (increased by 150% in the year). Furthermore, the event also intensified the sense of fear among the Asian-American community.
According to The New York Times, a man physically and verbally assaulted a 65-year-old Asian woman in the New York City on Monday.
He kicked and stomped the lady while making anti-Asian remarks as she fell to the ground. However, the police surveillance confirmed that the attacker didn’t seem to be a White man.
” (But) the attack represented another jarring reminder of the rise in violent crimes targeting people of Asian descent across the United States,” the news report added.
Earlier, another assault of similar nature was reported as an Asian man was beaten on a subway in the NYC. The video of the incident went viral on social media.
Many experts believe that anti-Asian racism and hate crimes in the US can be linked to the country’s long-standing conflict with China. The US media has been using ‘propaganda’ against the communist regime since decades which in return fuels such negative sentiments in the society.
In this regard, the American columnist Josh Rogin wrote: “The United States must compete with China and confront the Chinese government on a range of issues while simultaneously combating the rise of anti-Asian racism at home.”