Skip to content 'We're better than that': Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin calls anti-Asian hate 'un-American'

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The U.S. Defense Secretary affirmed the country had “lapsed” when it came to the rise of anti-Asian hate while giving a lecture in Singapore.

Hate by the numbers: Data showed that anti-Asian hate crimes were up 169% by the first quarter of 2021, NextShark previously reported.

New York had the highest rates of anti-Asian hate crimes with 42 reported in that time frame.

Biden’s appointment of Ka’ai followed his signing of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to speed up the investigation of COVID-19-related hate crimes.

Earlier this month, the NYPD and FBI worked jointly to ensure potential anti-Asian hate crimes were being reported in a public service announcement.

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