SAN ANTONIO – Residents across the country are uniting in their stance against hate-crimes towards Asian Americans, however a recent study listed Texas as one of the highest where hate crimes occurred.
According to Stop AAPI Hate, a California-based reporting center for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, a live press conference will take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. The conference will featuring several Asian American leaders from San Antonio, Houston and Austin to address hate crimes against Asian Americans in the state.
The group alleges Texas was ranked 4th highest in Asian-American hate crimes, based on a recent study dated from February 28, through March 19, 2021, where nearly 4,000 total incidents were reported. It includes verbal harassment, which makes up 68.1%, shunning (20.5%), physical assault (11.1%), civil rights violations (8.5%), and online harassment (6.8%).
Texas saw more than 100 hate-crime incidents against Asian Americans, ranked behind Washington, New York and California.
This report also comes nearly a week after a San Antonio restaurant was defaced and obscene language was spray-painted across its windows. On Saturday, several area leaders and residents gathered in solidarity to hold a vigil and speak out against the incident, with SAPD Chief William McManus saying justice will be served.