Are Black people responsible for anti-Asian hate attacks?

Claim: With the spread of viral videos showing Asians getting violently attacked, many people have assumed that most of the perpetrators of anti-Asian hate incidents are Black.
Rating: This claim is MOSTLY FALSE. Two recently published studies analyzing hate crime data found that most perpetrators of anti-Asian hate were white. However, hate crimes are often underreported and the data is incomplete. Furthermore, the racial identity of the perpetrator is often not included in news articles covering anti-Asian hate. 

Are Asian Americans a model minority?

Claim: It is a common assumption that Asian Americans are a model minority who have overcome discrimination to ascend in American society.
Rating: This claim is FALSE. While there are many Asian Americans who have visibly successful careers, these instances of success are used to generalize away real issues that Asian Americans face, including racism, poverty, lack of access to education, and domestic violence. 

Explainer: Have Asian Americans faced racism in the United States?

Many in the United States believe that Asian Americans are a “model minority,” with high levels of financial and academic success, and are generally free from the negative effects of racism and discrimination. While it is true that there are many Asian American success stories, the popularity of these stories has hidden the truth. Even today, Asian Americans continue to bear the damage caused by discrimination and racism. Click here to read an abbreviated history of the racism faced by Asians in America.

Do Vietnamese-Americans not need to worry about anti-Asian hate crimes?

Claim: Many Vietnamese-Americans believe that the current wave of hate crimes against Asian Americans in the U.S. does not affect them.
Rating: This claim is FALSE. According to a study from Stop API Hate, in 2020, there were 3,795 incidents of hate crimes against Asian-Americans. A majority of those were directed towards Chinese Americans. But 8.5% was aimed at Vietnamese-Americans (or around 322 incidents). Hate crimes against Asian-Americans increased 150% in 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more to find out how Vietnamese-Americans can combat this deadly epidemic.