Asian attacks in US skyrocket in the first quarter of 2021

Adrian Holman

Although the Stop Asian Hate campaign began in March after the spa shootings in Atlanta, the attacks on Asian people have increased over the first four months of this year. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the California State University in San Bernandino released a report last week detailing the statistical data of these attacks.

The name of the report is titled "Report to the Nation: Anti-Asian Prejudice & Hate Crime. New 2020-21 First Quarter Comparison Data."

There were over two and a half times more anti-Asian attacks during the first quarter of 2021 in comparison to the first four months of 2020 at an increase of 164%. The reason why attacks against Asians rose so sharply is due to the first superspreader event of the COVID-19 pandemic being in Wuhan, China.

Plus, the verbal attacks from former President Trump influenced others to blame Asians as well. Unfortunately, he called the coronavirus the "Kung-Flu." The negative stereotype from an elected official gave people a false justification to attack Asian people. However, nobody is fully sure that COVID-19 originated in China.

The weirdest thing to me is that the majority of these Asian attacks within the past four months outside of the spa shootings have been done by African-Americans. For Black people that have been discriminated against for 400 years in this country to discriminate against another group of people while seeking after social justice is disheartening.

Scientists have pinned down that the coronavirus began in Wuhan around October of 2019. The two theories that have been bandied about is that the coronavirus either leaked from a lab in Wuhan or passed from a bat to a human in one of the wet markets in Wuhan.

The lab in question will be involved in an investigation by the US Congress that will start soon. However, the World Health Organization already has physically audited the lab in Wuhan and came to the conclusion that COVID-19 did not leak from the lab back in February of this year.

The claim that the coronavirus began with a bat transferring COVID-19 to a person is falling apart as well because a vector animal would have to be located since a bat cannot directly transfer any type of disease to a person. Scientists researched over the past year that the pangolin was the vector, but the data showed that this animal was not capable of spreading the disease to a person.

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A reason why the bat theory is all wrong is because previous pandemics have been caused by variations of the swine flu going back to the Spanish flu of 1918-19. Other cases of viruses passing from animals to people are the avian flu, mosquitoes passing around malaria and the Zika virus, camels passing the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in the Middle East, and monkeys passing HIV and the ebola virus to humans. Out of all of these known viruses transmitted to man over the past 100 years, a bat has never been the culprit. In Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus type cases in the past, the cases showed that the animals previously affected by SARS were cats, dogs, pigs, mice, and birds.

Let's go back to the earlier assessment made by scientists that this current coronavirus started around October of 2019. That would put the timeline right around the Military World Games that were held in Wuhan around that time. The thinking is that these soldiers from all over the world competed in these games and spread the coronavirus unknowingly to their respective countries upon their return in November of 2019. However, that scenario does not match up with what really happened because the coronavirus did not begin to ramp up until the beginning of 2020.

Blaming Asians for something that did not even begin in Asia is totally wrong. There is one place that has not been investigated that could possibly be the birthplace of COVID-19.

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