When Is Racial Harassment Considered A Hate Crime?
The deadly shooting in Atlanta isn’t being prosecuted as a hate crime, at least for now. This is despite a wave of attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders over the last year, in part due to racist messaging about China, Asia and the source of COVID-19.
From The New York Times:
the wide ideological and generational differences within a group that encompasses dozens of ethnicities. There are about 1.2 million Asians in New York City, according to census data, making up 14 percent of the city’s population.
boosting funding for the New York Police Department to investigate attacks against Asians.
opposed these proposals, saying more policing could harm their own communities, worsen racial tensions and disproportionately target the Black and Latino communities that have long dealt with aggressive policing.
When does racist harassment qualify as a hate crime? And who decides?
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