Outraged community members gathered at the Maplewood YMCA. The gathering was in support of the Asian community and to speak out against racism. Several speakers voiced their concerns regarding the growing violence that has sparked the national campaign Stop Asian Hate.
Crimes against the Asian community have increased since the Trump administration. According to NBC News, nearly 3,800 incidents were reported over the course of roughly a year during the pandemic. It’s a significantly higher number than last year's count of about 2,600 hate incidents nationwide over the span of five months. Women made up a far higher share of the reports, at 68 percent, compared to men, who made up 29 percent of respondents.