Crime fueled by hate against marginalized communities continue to increase in the state of California.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta confirmed devastating numbers earlier today, reporting that there has been a 33% surge of reported hate crime incidents fueled by homophobia and racism in the state of California over the past year.
According to the same numbers, this update follows the same surge in hate crime attacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the year prior.
Attorney General Rob Bonta said that the hate crimes against the Black community was the most frequent among reported incidents, with a 13% spike since 2020 since the global pandemic year by reaching 513 hate-driven incidents reported by the state. In addition, hate crimes involving sexual orientation bias spiked by a whopping 50% to 303 reported incidents. The Attorney General also reported that hate crimes against Asian Americans saw an increase of 178% to 247 reported incidents
The Democrat Attorney General said in a press conference today that these crimes are a serious threat to the state of California, and that these numbers are an attack on fellow Californians that are also a family member to someone as we all are.
“One hard truth in our state, just as we see across the nation, is that the epidemic of hate we saw spurred on during the pandemic remains a clear and present threat,” said Bonta at a news conference. “Each of these incidents represents an attack on a person, a neighbor, a family member, a fellow Californian.”
Cirian Villavicencio, commissioner with the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs, said that these hate-fueled attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community are not surprising when one considers the constant harassing and bullying their community endures in schools and businesses.
“Our elders were being physically attacked, women and young people were being verbally insulted, AAPI students were being harassed and bullied at school and AAPI-owned small businesses were targeted and discriminated against just because they were AAPI,” Villavicencio stated.
This comes just one year after 1,763 hate crimes were reported in 2021, becoming the sixth largest tally since the statewide data began being collected and reported nearly three decades ago in 1995.