Assemblymember Frazier Condemns Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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SACRAMENTO, CA - Assemblymember Jim Frazier condemned the recent surge of racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and urged community members to report hate-based crimes and incidents to law enforcement.

Researchers say that as the pandemic spread fear across the United States last spring, so did a growing trend of hateful incidents targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University released findings in early March that showed hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% between 2019 and 2020.

“I am heartbroken and disgusted by the news that the Asian American community is facing an increase in hate crimes as a result of COVID-19 and the national political landscape of the past year. We cannot let unfounded fear-mongering and hatred continue to divide us, especially in California, where we are made up of a majority of minorities,” said Asm Frazier.

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville, and Walnut Grove.