Peninsula Group Looks To Stop Asian American Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: A vigil participant holds a 'Erase Hate' sign during a Havdalah vigil for the victims of the Tree of Life Congregation shooting in front of the White House on October 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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There seems to be no letup in the attacks on Asian Americans since the coronavirus began spreading.

"It’s just such a scary time for a lot of our families here," Robert Nelson said.

Nelson is one of the community leaders taking part in a virtual conference this week aimed at protecting Asian Americans from hate crimes.

"People are scared to go to the grocery store," Nelson said. "People have been spat on, screamed at, yelled at, rushed out of parking lots at Walmarts and Targets."

The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, which sponsored the conference, said the goal is to prevent hate crimes against Asian Americans.

That can be a very difficult task right now with even President Trump sending out anti-Asian tweets.

The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020

"Having coronavirus or COVID-19 really kind of unveiled all these issues that have always been there, just beneath the surface," Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center Executive Director Michelle Vilchez said.

Most of the hate crimes against Asian Americans tracked by the FBI and a community tracking tool have been reported in California. Vilchez told KCBS Radio the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center is looking into about 100 reported hate crimes against Asian Americans in the Bay Area alone.

But, some of the worst are happening in other parts of the country.

In Texas, two little children, ages two and six were stabbed by a man who thought they were Chinese and infecting people with COVID-19.