BETHLEHEM, PA – In the midst of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, racism targeting Asian Americans is spreading.
And while new research is showing a rise in anti-asian rhetoric online, the Pennsylvania State Police worry victims are hesitant to report incidents to police.
“Just because we have no reports, that doesn’t mean it’s not occurring,” explains Lt. William Slaton, of the Pennsylvania State Police’s Heritage Affairs Office, “Because again, some victims of hate crimes, or hate crimes in general, they have an emotional toll on the victim.
So there’s a strong possibility that hate crimes against Asian Americans in Pennsylvania could be occurring, they’re just not being reported.”
The Pennsylvania State Police understands first hand how crucial it is to monitor hate speech online.