From NBC News, here is one of countless recent articles explaining that while, sure, it may look like most of the street violence against elderly Asians is perpetrated by blacks, but that’s just a stereotype, while Experts all agree the real enemy is, as always, White Supremacy.
It felt like a proper response that wasn’t just ‘We need more cops, we need more cops, we need more cops,'” one activist said.
But maybe you do need more cops?
Last weekend in Oakland, California, Black and Asian Americans held a rally of solidarity to push back on the narrative of one community targeting another.
Feb. 18, 2021, 1:51 PM PST
By Deepa Shivaram
When Ariel Hsu saw a graphic video last week of an Asian American senior citizen in San Francisco being pushed to the ground and the growing social media response around it, she said she was concerned — about both the victim and the outcry.
Hsu, a chapter leader at the National Asian American Pacific American Women’s Forum, said that given that the suspect in the incident is Black, many in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including herself, were concerned about anti-Black sentiment that appeared to be present in some of the online calls for justice.
The online attention has prompted a conversation on coalition building and allyship that has been growing since last summer’s racial reckoning. Experts point out Asian Americans have the right to feel safe but calls for increased security could have unintended consequences.
For organizers like Hsu, seeing the actor Daniel Dae Kim offer a $25,000 reward for information on the suspect felt like a “bounty,” she said, and the increased calls for more police presence seemed like a backwards step.
“If addressing violence against Asian Americans entails furthering stereotypes about Black criminality and the policies associated with those stereotypes … we’ve misdiagnosed the problem,” said Janelle Wong, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Maryland.
Experts point out the wave of violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic has left the community reeling with concern and fear, especially for older people. …
What further complicates the issue is that there is little data documenting hate crimes against Asian Americans. A widely reported number citing a 1,900 percent increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in New York shows that the number of hate crimes jumped from one to 20 in a year.
I’ll review the NYPD stats below.
Brad Jenkins, who helped launch #TheNew to engage AAPI voters last year, also attended the rally in Oakland.
“White supremacy has always pitted racial groups against one another,” Jenkins said in an email, “These communities have long fought against violence and hatred while many in the Asian American community have stayed silent in the past. So yes, Asian American leaders do realize that we must find strength in combating this violence — but, we also recognize that our African American brothers and sisters deal with this hatred and violence every single day of our lives.”
Janelle Wong also points out that the two groups might find that a common factor in racial bias against Asian and Black Americans is white supremacy.
Laws used to limit the number of Asians who could immigrate to the United States, and Asians were often labeled as “invaders or disease carriers.” During the pandemic, lawmakers, including then-President Donald Trump built on that, referring to Covid-19 as the “China virus.”
“The ideas that fuel anti-Asian prejudice really come from our nation’s white supremacist history and can’t be separated from that history,” Wong and her colleague Rossina Zamora Liu, who both teach Asian American studies at the University of Maryland, say in a new essay, “Engaging in anti-Black rhetoric or blame does nothing to get at the roots of this prejudice.” …
Here’s a crazy idea for lowering the black tendency toward criminal violence that seems so wacky that nobody has tried it in decades: asking blacks to just knock it off.
The NYPD has released its 2020 crime stats report showing victims, suspects, and arrestees by race.
First, here is the general population of New York City:
So, blacks make up 22% of NYC’s population, Asians 14%, whites 32%, and Hispanics 29%:
Here is 2020 robbery:
So, per capita, blacks in NYC were 18.7 times per capita as likely to be robbery suspects as were Asians. The formula is (65.9/21.7)/(2.3/14.1).
Crime and Enforcement Activity in New York City
(Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2020)
Robbery victims are most frequently Hispanic (41.8%) or Black (29.5%). Asian/Pacific Islander victims account for (15.6%) of all Robbery victims while Whites account for (12.8%) of all Robbery Victims. The race/ethnicity of known Robbery suspects is primarily Black (65.9%). Hispanic suspects account for an additional (27.6%) of the suspect population. White suspects account for (4.1%) of all Robbery suspects while Asian/Pacific Islanders accounted for (2.3%) of known Robbery suspects. The Robbery arrestees are most frequently Black (59.1%) or Hispanic (32.0%). White arrestees (5.3%) and Asian/Pacific Islander (3.3%) arrestees account for the remaining portions of the Robbery arrest population.
But was there a Wave of Hate due to Trump referring to the China Virus” Well, here is NYC’s 2019 report on robbery, which looks awfully similar:
So, blacks were 66.2% of robbery suspects in 2019, compared to 65.9% in 2020.
Crime and Enforcement Activity in New York City
(Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2019)
Robbery victims are most frequently Hispanic (39.5%) or Black (29.5%). Asian/Pacific Islander victims account for (15.6%) of all Robbery victims while Whites account for (14.3%) of all Robbery Victims. The race/ethnicity of known Robbery suspects is primarily Black (66.2%). Hispanic suspects account for an additional (27.1%) of the suspect population. White suspects account for (4.3%) of all Robbery suspects while Asian /Pacific Islanders accounted for (2.3%) of known Robbery suspects. The Robbery arrestees are most frequently Black (59.4%) or Hispanic (32.2%). White arrestees (5.2%) and Asian/Pacific Islander (3.2%) arrestees account for the remaining portions of the Robbery arrest population.
The total number of robbery victims declined slightly from 2019 to 2020 in NYC, with the racial proportions of victims and offenders staying rather steady.
Shootings, however, more than doubled in 2020 over 2019 in NYC, with victims increasing from 922 in 2019 to 1868 in 2020, so the shootings data are of interest:
Shooting victims are most frequently Black (73.9%) or Hispanic (22.5%). White victims account for an additional (1.9%) of all Shooting victims while Asian/Pacific Islanders victims account for (1.7%) of all Shooting Victims. The race/ethnicity of known Shooting suspects is most frequently Black (72.1%). Hispanic suspects accounted for an additional (24.7%) of all suspects. Asian/Pacific Islander suspects (1.8%) and White suspects (1.4%) accounted for the remaining portion of known Shooting suspects. The Shooting arrest population is
similarly distributed. Black arrestees (70.1%) and Hispanic arrestees (26.6%) account for the majority of Shooting arrest population. White arrestees (1.7%) and Asian/Pacific Islander arrestees (1.6%) account for the remaining portion of the Shooting arrest population.
So while Asians made up 15.6% of robbery victims in 2020, they made up only 1.7% of shooting victims. My impression is that a lot of black shooting victims are killed or wounded by black shooters in social settings. Asians are unlikely to hang around with large numbers of black relaxing at a block party.
The 2019 shootings numbers were almost identical in proportion but much smaller in scale:
Shooting victims are most frequently Black (71.4%) or Hispanic (24.2%). White victims account for an additional (2.5%) of all Shooting victims while Asian/Pacific Islanders victims account for (1.9%) of all Shooting Victims. The race/ethnicity of known Shooting suspects is most frequently Black (74.4%). Hispanic suspects accounted for an additional (22.0%) of all suspects. White suspects (2.4%) and Asian/Pacific Islander suspects (1.1%) accounted for the remaining portion of known Shooting suspects. The Shooting arrest population is similarly distributed. Black arrestees (71.6%) and Hispanic arrestees (24.1%) account for the majority of Shooting arrest population. White arrestees (2.7%) and Asian/Pacific Islander arrestees (1.5%) account for the remaining portion of the Shooting arrest population.
This report doesn’t breakout hate crimes.
If I look at the Wayback Archive for the last weekly report of 2020 from the NYPD, we see that hate crimes were down 40% in NYC, probably due in large measure to covid keeping people off the streets.
That report doesn’t break out who-is-hate-criming whom.
But my guess is that in NYC, where there is a huge sample size of Asians and the cops are pretty good at keeping stats, there was no major outbreak of hate crimes in 2020 against Asians due to Covid or Trump’s reference to the China virus. There was mostly just the usual black-on-Asian predation.
In NYC in 2021, up through February 14, there have only 15 reported hate crimes year-to-date, down 70% from the 50 reported in the same period in 2020.
And, finally, here are the racial/ethnic breakdowns of the NYPD, a very well-funded force that can afford to hire competent nonwhites (who are always in much demand by police departments across America):
So, what is to be done about the stereotype of blacks being vastly more likely to engage in criminal violence than are other races? As I wrote last year:
There’s a win-win solution out there that nobody is talking about: Blacks could improve the attitudes of others toward them by rectifying their actions. …
Hence, the single most effective way to improve America’s race problem would be for blacks to stop killing people so much.
For instance, do you want cops to be gentler with blacks? Do you want more integration of neighborhoods? Then give the police and neighbors less good reason to fear blacks’ violent impulsiveness.
How can America encourage African-Americans to be more law-abiding?
The first step when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. The current national orgy of excuse-making and praise for blacks is exacerbating their already severe self-destructiveness.
As we can see from the record-breaking surge in murders during the media-declared Racial Reckoning following the death of George Floyd.
The second step is to tell the truth about black crime.
The third step is for government, media, and institutions to encourage blacks to reform. …
I’m sorry, but it is time to stop excusing away the absurdly high rate of black criminality as an inevitable outcome of poverty or systemic racism or whatever and start asking blacks to just knock it off. …
Mexican-Americans are about as poor as African-Americans, but their murder rate is notably lower. … Is it unreasonable to call on African-Americans to lower their murder rate to the Mexican-American level?
Or are blacks just genetically fated to have a vastly higher murder rate?
Maybe, but cultures have reformed themselves over time, especially if assisted by carrots and sticks from the outside.