A new compilation of hate crime data reveals that the increase in attacks against Asian Americans has only persisted, NBC News reports.
The research, released by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, compared data from the first quarter of 2021 to the same time period in 2020 across 15 major cities. It found that hate crimes surged by 169%, continuing the "historic" increase in such attacks last year.
According to the analysis, New York City had the sharpest increase, rising from 13 hate crimes in the first quarter of 2020 to 42 in the same period this year, a 223% jump. San Francisco, another city with a large Asian American population, also had a surge, from five to 12 hate crimes, a 140% increase. Boston and Los Angeles had rises of 60% and 80%, respectively.
A report from the center in March showed that hate crimes increased by 150% in major cities last year.