Amara Walker, a Korean-American correspondent for NCS, mentioned a passerby hurled a racist insult at her proper earlier than she went stay on “NCS Tonight” Wednesday to debate the rise in hate crimes towards Asian Americans.
“I would say about 10 minutes ago, someone driving by just shouted, ‘Virus,’ in our direction,” Walker advised anchor Don Lemon, utilizing the interplay for example of racial harassment Asian Americans face. She was reporting from Atlanta, the place a Tuesday capturing spree at three Asian therapeutic massage parlors left eight lifeless, together with six Asian ladies. Walker spoke to Asian neighborhood members about their experiences for the section.
Walker has been masking the rise in hate crimes towards Asian Americans for the community in latest weeks, producing packages on assaults whereas utilizing her platform to inform her personal story.
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In October, the journalist described on-air three back-to-back racist encounters she had at an airport. The pinned tweet on the high of her Twitter profile additionally dates again to October. It read, “I hate that I have to say this. But I belong. We Asian Americans belong. I was born & raised in the U.S. I am as American as apple pie & I am as American as Korean barbecue. I am American. Please don’t question me about that fact. Ever.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic final yr, almost 3,800 incidents of violence, discrimination or different types of harassment have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting heart that tracks hate incidents towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. There have been a complete of 1,691 incidents reported in California, representing almost 45% of all reported incidents. Of those that reported incidents, 68% recognized as ladies.
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