DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF) – The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is creating awareness around what it calls the continued increase in violence and hatred directed at Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the group, ‘Stop Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate,’ nearly 3,000 incidents of anti-Asian incidents in the United States between March and December of 2020. The New York City Police Department reported a dramatic increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.
The global outbreak began in China, but has since spread around the world.
“At the Museum, we are dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference,” said museum CEO, Mary Pat Higgins. “To scapegoat a group of fellow Americans for the transmission of a virus is not only absurd, it is irresponsible. This deadly virus affects us all, no matter our age, race, religion, or ethnicity. We are all in the fight against COVID-19 together.”
In March of 2020, the museum issued a statement denouncing the increase in violent acts against Asian Americans in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Higgins said she is dismayed to see that almost a year later, the incidents not only continue, but have increased.
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