Bay Area Attacks on Asians and Cristina Garcia

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/bay-area-attacks-on-asians-and-cristina-garcia/

Recently there has been a surge in attacks on elderly Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay area that has led to injuries and at least one death. NPR quotes Manju Kulkarni, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, as blaming a combination of COVID-19 and racist rhetoric from the Trump administration for the attacks, These attacks taking place in the Bay Area are part of a larger trend of anti-Asian American/Pacific Islander hate brought on in many ways by COVID-19, as well as some of the xenophobic policies and racist rhetoric that were pushed forward by the prior administration. Certainly, Donald Trump and his administration did everything they could to inflame anti-Asian bigotry, and that should be a black mark on all those who participated in that administration. However, anti-Asian bigotry has a long, bipartisan history in California. It is worth noting that California Assemblywoman Cristina…