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Asian Students and Staff Express Their Feelings About Recent Crimes Towards the AAPI Community

Updated: May 23, 2021

CONTENT WARNING: This article contains content including information & experiences regarding a surge in hate crimes and anti-Asian racism.

Bella Vista high school has an Asian student population of 4.1% and some students have been personally affected by an increase of anti-Asian racism. A senior who chose to remain anonymous expressed, “I have just been a lot more afraid to do things by myself. I normally really love doing things by myself like running errands or going on walks, but because of all the recent hate crimes I've been really nervous to do stuff.” (Anonymous, Senior)

Freshman Isabella Moog stated her disappointment in society regarding the rise of Asian hate crimes. “I have noticed some dirty glances my way or people uncomfortable shuffling away from me out in public. Which makes me feel unwanted, honestly,” she said. Moog thinks people are frustrated with the world’s circumstances and are “looking for someone to blame.” Regardless, no one deserves this sort of hate… I’m an Asian American and this is my country too.” (Isabella Moog, Freshman)

Kamryn Gonzalez, AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination teacher) says, “I think the political rhetoric with language like calling COVID the “kung fu flu” is both demeaning and fanning the flames for these hate crimes against Asian people we are now seeing in the news.” (Kamryn Gonzalez, Staff) She is concerned for the AAPI community but has hope for change.

A freshman acknowledges that the people blaming individuals of Asian descent for the spread of COVID-19 are trying to find a simple scapegoat. “I feel sorry for those who blame Asians regardless of ethnicity for the spread and cause of the pandemic.” They believe that individuals with problems during the pandemic are choosing to take their anger out on Asian people. She said, “Instead of blaming others for your own turmoils, look to find the real reason you feel this way.” (Anonymous, Freshman)

The rise of Asian hate crimes during the pandemic increased nationally but The Sacramento Bee reported 44.56% of Asian hate crimes were in California. The Sacramento Bee also reported the Sacramento Police Department documented 57 Asian racist incidents in 2020. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last Tuesday that would make it easier to report hate crimes, including victims documenting hate crimes online with access to their native languages. The bill is headed to President Joe Biden for his signature.

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