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On the Consequences of Inflammatory Language Use on Social Media

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Remember assertions that the use of the term “China Virus” in the stead of SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19 was not only appropriate, but desirable? From Time: Since the start of the pandemic last spring, Asian Americans have faced racist violence at a much higher rate than previous years. The NYPD reported that hate crimes motivated by anti-Asian sentiment jumped 1,900% in New York City in 2020. Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting database created at the beginning of the pandemic as a response to the increase in racial  violence, received 2,808 reports of anti-Asian discrimination between March 19 and  December 31, 2020. The violence has continued into 2021, and President Joe Biden signed an  executive order denouncing anti-Asian discrimination shortly after taking office in January. While anti-Asian

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Remember assertions that the use of the term “China Virus” in the stead of SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19 was not only appropriate, but desirable? From Time:

Since the start of the pandemic last spring, Asian Americans have faced racist violence at a much higher rate than previous years. The NYPD reported that hate crimes motivated by anti-Asian sentiment jumped 1,900% in New York City in 2020. Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting database created at the beginning of the pandemic as a response to the increase in racial  violence, received 2,808 reports of anti-Asian discrimination between March 19 and  December 31, 2020. The violence has continued into 2021, and President Joe Biden signed an  executive order denouncing anti-Asian discrimination shortly after taking office in January. While anti-Asian violence has taken place nationwide and particularly in major cities, the uptick in attacks in 2021 has been particularly focused in the Bay Area, especially in San Francisco and Oakland’s Chinatowns.

Well, Steven Kopits, the Asian-American community of America thanks you.

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Menzie Chinn
He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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