Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is fighting another kind of deadly virus: the virus of hate. 

On January 28, 2021, 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee—an immigrant from Thailand—was taking his usual hour-long walk in his San Francisco neighborhood when he was slammed onto the ground by a teen. He never regained consciousness and he passed away two days later. Watch the moment happen here.

Days before the Lunar New Year, a 64-year-old Vietnamese grandmother was attacked and robbed in San Jose, California.

Meanwhile, a 61-year-old Filipino named Noel Quintana was riding a subway Train in Manhattan. Another passenger was kicking his backpack and when he asked the man to stop, he was “slashed across the face from cheek to cheek.”

At a glance, these may all seem like a random attack except that violence against the East and South East Asian (ESEA) community in the U.S. rose to 1,900 percent since January 2020. 

Critics have long been accusing former U.S. President Donald Trump of “fueling anti-Asian sentiments.” Human rights experts, activists, heads of states, and even the UN, have repeatedly reminded and criticized Trump’s leadership, “saying his policies are fueling xenophobia.” 

In addition, Trump caused furor online multiple times for his allegedly “racist tweets.” According to USA Today, Trump has “undermined Black Lives Matter protesters, calling them ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs.'” They added that by repeatedly referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” and “Kung Flu,” Trump has “made Asian Americans the target of hate crimes.”

Meanwhile, anti-Asian hate crimes in the UK have risen by 21 percent as well and the increase is said to have been fueled by COVID-19. Read more about this here.

In light of the continued ascent of racism and xenophobia, we would like to remind Adam4Adam users that there is no place for hate on A4A. As part of our zero tolerance policy, any form of hate speech will result in immediate and definite suspension of the involved user’s account. 

We encourage you to report users who send you slurs and hate messages here on A4A. Simply click on the “report this user” button found on the person’s profile and provide us with the details about the incident so that we can investigate and take the appropriate action. 

As sensitive and empathetic people, let’s help each other out and stop the hate and the racist prejudice. Let’s stand in solidarity with our Asian and our Asian-American communities and disavow racism. We can also volunteer to escort elderly Asians in our community just like what Compassion in Oakland is doing right now.

Here’s to wishing everyone a nice weekend. #StopAsianHate. Cheers!

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