Olivia Munn has called out the recent hike in the violence against Asian Americans. This time, the actor’s family friend is the victim of the anti-Asian hate crimes.
‘The racist, verbal and physical assaults have left my community fearful of stepping outside,’ the actor wrote recently on social media.
The string of violent attacks on Asian Americans has gained momentum during the Coronavirus pandemic across the country. One horrific incident happened in Oakland, California, when a 91-year-old man got pushed to the ground. This news made national headlines.
Recently, a 52-year-old woman got knocked to the ground in New York City. The actor has asked people to help find the perpetrator on her social media account. She even revealed that the victim is her friend’s mom.
Asian Americans have been facing xenophobic rhetoric and racist attacks since the start of the pandemic. The hate crimes have spiked at a much higher rate than the previous year. Many attribute this surge of racial violence to former President Trump, as he repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as ‘the Chinese virus.’
“There’s a clear correlation between President Trump’s incendiary comments, his insistence on using the term ‘Chinese virus’ and the subsequent hate speech spread on social media and the hate violence directed towards us,” says Russell Jeung, a co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and a professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. “It gives people license to attack us. The current spate of attacks on our elderly is part of how that rhetoric has impacted the broader population.”
Olivia Munn, Daniel Dae Kim, and other Hollywood stars are calling out the violence against Asian Americans.
“These racist hate crimes against our elders have got to stop,” Munn wrote on her Instagram handle.
“Throughout American history, there’s been a steady undercurrent of Asian hate crimes throughout,” ‘Star Trek’ legend George Takei said. “But when there are events of xenophobic hysteria, then it swells up, and we are going through that right now.”