On the evening of Wednesday, May 31st, a Pride flag that had been flying outside the home of the mayor of San Luis Obispo, California was set on fire and left on her doorstep.
The next morning, in Washington, D.C., a noose was discovered outside of a home in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Hillcrest — the third noose found in the district that week.
That weekend, a woman wearing a hijab in Columbus, Ohio, was beaten unconscious by a white man who reportedly shouted, “You’ll all be shipped back to Africa.”
The following Monday night, a mosque in Lakewood, Colorado received a threatening call from a man who said, “Allah is a f----ing pig” and “You guys are going to pay for Manchester and London.”
Multiple news outlets reported a dramatic spike in hate crimes across the country in the weeks following the election of Donald Trump. More than half a year later, hate violence continues to plague a wide range of communities, crossing lines of race, religion, gender, sexuality, and country of origin. Amid this violence, Asian American communities — especially Muslim and Sikh Americans from the South and West Asian diasporas — have faced pronounced levels of targeting.