Since the outbreak of the pandemic, over 2,600 anti-Asian incidents have been reported to #StopAAPIHate,
which was established in mid-March after a school bullying incident in California sent a student to the ER.
Perpetrators target Asian Americans because of the misperception that they are covid-19 carriers. The virus originated in China. Further reflecting ignorance, perpetrators target any person(s) perceived to be Chinese regardless of ethnicity. In Midland, Texas, a family with two young children were attacked while shopping by a customer wielding a knife. Three members sustained deep gashes to the head.
Despite an FBI's warning of a surge of hate against Asian Americans and WHO guidelines warning against stigmatization of countries where diseases originate, the president and certain other officials persist referring to the covid-19 virus as the China virus or Wuhan virus as political rhetoric.
Led by Rep. Grace Meng (D-CA), the House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning anti-Asian incidents.