Benes Aldana, the president of the National Judicial College, laid out a series of stark numbers to open a panel discussion on hate crimes that the organization presented yesterday alongside the National Asian Pacific American Judicial Council.
According to statistics from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, the number of hate crimes against Asian Americans reported to police rose 164% in the first quarter of the year as opposed to the same period last year. More than 6,600 anti-Asian hate incidents have been reported in the U.S. during that span. More than a third of those occurred in March 2021 alone. The national coalition Stop AAPI Hate has documented 938 hate incidents in the San Francisco Bay Area alone since the pandemic began.