Media concealing profile of anti-Asian attackers

Doesn’t fit narrative of white Trump supporters who blame COVID on China

The media profile of the perpetrators fomenting a rise in anti-Asian hate-crime attacks is a Trump supporter who blames the COVID-19 pandemic on the Chinese people.

But police in cities where the attacks are most common tell a different story, as do data from the New York Police Department, which compiles the most comprehensive and detailed hate-crimes statistics in the country, points out Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald.

The data show a black New Yorker is more than six times as likely to commit a hate crime against an Asian as a white New Yorker. In 2020, Mac Donald pointed out, blacks made up 50% of all suspects in anti-Asian attacks in New York City, even though blacks are 24% of the city’s population. Whites made up 10% of all suspects but account for 32% of the city’s population. If black Hispanics are included in the black category, blacks account for 60% of all anti-Asian attacks in 2020.


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