Hate is a fire that keeps on spreading, ravaging anything that comes across its way. Sadly, there have been more Filipino casualties than we thought in the fire that is known as Asian Hate Crimes in the US.
Filipinos now rank 3rd in Asian ethnicity groups with the most number of reported cases of Asian hate crimes in America.
Pinoys Fear for Safety in US, 3rd Among Victims of Asian Hate Crimes
Out of 9,081 victims of Asian hate in the US, 9.1% or at least 826 are Filipinos, according to a report by the Stop Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Hate website.
According to the data released on August 12, the incidents reported from 19 March to June 2021, took place in public places, such as streets and businesses.
The website reported that Chinese residents have reported the highest number of hate incidents (43.5%), followed by Koreans (16.8 percent), Filipinos (9.1 percent), Japanese (8.6 percent), and Vietnamese (8.2 percent).
Of all grievous misconducts reported, at least 48.1% had some kind of hateful speech such as anti-China or anti-immigrant rhetoric.
The coalition revealed that women make up 63.3% of all reports. Verbal harassment and shunning or the deliberate avoidance of AAPI continue to make up the two largest proportions of incidents reported at 63.7 percent and 16.5 percent, respectively.
This is followed by physical assault at 13.7%, and then being coughed at or spat on 8.5 percent.
In recent weeks, two separate incidents of Asian hate against two Filipinos have been reported, resounding the alarm for Filipinos in the US to remain vigilant, especially when taking the subway.
On August 7, Filipino stage actor Miguel Braganza was assaulted by two individuals while on his way to his apartment in the Upper West Side. He was struck with a gun to the forehead in what police said was a failed robbery attempt.
Few days after the incident, Filipino nurse Potri Ranka Manis was also attacked while handing out face masks to fellow passengers on board the subway.
The two unidentified assailants were reportedly shouting racial slurs while the Filipina was being attacked.
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