At a time of fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, we have seen a spike in the spread of disinformation about and harassment of Asian-Americans, immigrants, and others. In Los Angeles, fake flyers were posted with the World Health Organization seal advising residents to avoid Asian-American businesses, thereby spreading the stigma surrounding the virus’ origin in China. In this toxic environment where harassment and vitriolic rhetoric is on the rise, we cannot allow crimes motivated by hatred towards a victim’s real or perceived race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability to go unchecked and uncounted. Yet our nation’s ability to address this increase is hindered by a lack of information about these crimes. In 2018, Birmingham, Newark, Syracuse and more than 80 other cities with a population over 100,000 failed to report hate crimes to the FBI.
Join the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, co-convened by AJC and the Islamic Society of North America, in standing up for the civil rights of all Americans. Together we are advocating for legislation to improve FBI hate crimes reporting.
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