We have been hearing a lot about Anti-Asian attacks amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. Some media outlets have blamed President Trump’s rhetoric, claiming without evidence that the rise in Anti-Asian biased incidents is fueled by President Trump referring to COVID-19 as the ‘Chinese Virus.’
Outside of the fact that almost every media outlets also used this label to describe the virus on numerous occasions, recent numbers show that the perpetrators of these recent attacks likely aren’t even Trump supporters. Most of the attackers probably haven’t even voted in their lives at all.
In a list compiled of all of the attacks on Asians in the US where the offender was known and reported, most of the perpetrators of the crimes were black. The most serious attack of them all, a mass stabbing of an Asian family at a Sam’s Club supermarket, was perpetrated by a Hispanic man.
Imagine if that attack was perpetrated by a white man, what would the media say?
For the most part, the media does not care to report on anti-Jewish or interracial attacks unless the perpetrator of the attack is white. The scarce reporting on the demographic characteristics of perpetrator of interracial attacks in general is a great example of this.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics released its 2018 survey of criminal victimization. According to the study, there were 593,598 interracial violent victimizations (excluding homicide) between blacks and whites last year, including white-on-black and black-on-white attacks. Blacks committed 537,204 of those interracial felonies, or 90 percent, and whites committed 56,394 of them, or less than 10 percent. In 2012-13, blacks committed 85 percent of all interracial victimizations between blacks and whites; whites committed 15 percent.
Blacks are also over-represented among perpetrators of hate crimes—by 50 percent—according to the most recent Justice Department data from 2017; whites are underrepresented by 24 percent. This is particularly true for anti-gay and anti-Semitic hate crimes.
You can also see from the below charts that even though blacks represent only 13% of the population, they make up the largest of the block of ‘hate groups’ on the SPLC’s hate map.