Updated: Jul 11, 2021
Recently, thousands of Asians, especially the elderly community have been harassed, blamed, and scapegoated for having contracted COVID-19. As a matter of fact, New York, for example, saw a 1900% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes. The rise of violence and harassment is increasing at an alarming rate, and it must be stopped. Why blame elderly people who have come to this country to escape wars, famines and revolutions?
If you really do have hatred against Asians and you have a reasonable explanation as to why we should hate Asians, speak up for yourself properly in a humanized way where people can actually relate with you, rather than beating up defenceless elderly people for no reason which will only ruin you, yourself, and your future.
However, this is not what I would like to tell you today. The Coronavirus is actually not what caused anti-Asian hate. It actually goes far beyond that. Asians are commonly stereotyped for being academically successful, especially in STEM subjects and often for being prosperous. As you can see, according to the latest U.S. census bureau data, Asians have the highest median household incomes.
Furthermore, Asians are known for their academic success (as shown in the picture below) by countries around the world as well as their obsession with academic achievement.
Did you know that Harvard, along with many other Ivy League universities limits its use of people from each race? Meaning that only a certain number of people from each race is given admission in order to create diversity among students. As a consequence, there is an awfully large competition between Asians than any other race when going applying to these prestigious institutions.
In fact, according to the analysis of Duke University economist Peter Arcidiacono, an Asian-American applicant who is a male, not economically disadvantaged, and has, based on his other characteristics, a 25 per cent chance of getting in, would see his odds markedly increase if he belonged to another group. His chances of admission would be 36 per cent if he were white; 77 per cent if he were Hispanic; and 95 per cent if he were black.
Additionally, it turns out that the majority of the perpetrators were financially struggling and some were even unemployed, in order words, they had nothing to lose by committing these outrageous crimes in public.
In this day and age, it seems that Asians are constantly achieving great deeds, especially in schools where they are not only more likely to be college-educated than the entire U.S. general population but are also more likely to graduate from the nation's elite most universities as they account for a quarter of all students that attend Ivy League universities.
As a result, I think it is important to take into consideration that perhaps the true intention behind Asian hate crimes was caused by feelings of inferiority, otherwise known as the inferiority complex.
According to the United States National Library of Medicine, research conducted has found that an inferiority complex can cause a widespread internalized sense of self-defeat or self-loathing in entire culture groups that face stereotypes and discrimination based on age, race, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, as well as other factors.
Due to this sense of self-defeat in entire culture groups, according to the University of California Press, the role played by self-esteem in precipitating, influencing, or preventing violent behaviour is problematic.
Additionally, it also states that the level of self-esteem may be crucial in crimes of violence. Violence of this type often appears to involve intense emotion and hence, it is sometimes referred to as a "crime of passion."