Protesters attend an End the Violence Towards Asians rally in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park on Saturday. Since the start of the pandemic, violence targeting Asian Americans has risen dramatically. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
A spate of high-profile assaults on Asian Americans has renewed long-standing criticism from Democrats and civil rights groups that the U.S. government is vastly undercounting hate crimes, a problem that they say has grown more acute amid rising white nationalism and deepening racial strife.
The attacks — including several in Northern California over the past month that attracted national attention — followed months of warnings from advocates that anti-China rhetoric from former president Donald Trump over the coronavirus pandemic was contributing to a surge in anti-Asian slurs and violence.