June Hate Report: A Starbucks employee writes “ISIS” on a Muslim woman’s coffee and “India Palace” Restaurant in New Mexico vandalized, covered in white supremacist vitriol…

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and continues to claim thousands of lives, hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric targeting our communities continues without pause. In SAALT’s June hate report, we tracked multiple incidents of vandalism and verbal and physical harrassment targeting Muslims everywhere from Texas to Florida to Minnesota to Massachussetts to New York.

Since June 1, 2020, SAALT has tracked 13 incidents of hate violence targeting Muslims and those racialized as Muslim:

These incidents of violence do not occur in a vaccuum. Xenophobic and racist polices from the highest levels of government — like the Trump Administration’s recent decision to expand and extend the ban on green cards to additional visa categories through the end of the year, the looming threat to penalize students on F-1 visas for taking virtual classes, and aggressive strategies to challenge the Supreme Court’s ruling on DACA — create fertile ground for interpersonal hate violence targeting Black and brown communities. SAALT also recorded 4 incidents of xenophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric since June 3, 2020.

Since June 1, 2020, SAALTtracked 5 publicly-reported incidents of hate violence and rhetoric targeting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander individuals and communities. Our AAPI allies and SAALT continue to receive sensitive first-hand accounts of COVID-related hate violence, but these details will not be reported in SAALT’s Monthly Hate Reports.

Inclusive of the incidents in this monthly summary, SAALT and our partners have tracked 321 incidents of xenophobic or Islamophobic rhetoric, and 662 incidents of hate violence targeting Muslims and Asian Americans, and those perceived as Muslim or Asian American, since 2015.

We must remember that, while Muslims and those perceived as Muslim are the targets of the incidents detailed above, our Black allies are the overwhelming majority of individuals targeted by hate and state violence, especially in policing institutions. Last month, SAALT hosted a webinar to better understand and analyze alternatives to policing, and to develop strategies for South Asian American community members to shape the road to abolition. As a community with a deep (and traumatic) connection to state surveillance and policing, we have a responsibility to ensure that racialized policing is abolished, not merely reformed. To learn more, check out our webinar, featuring abolitionist leaders from Stand with Kashmir, Columbia Law, #8toAbolition, and Project South.

A national social justice org working on policy analysis/advocacy on issues affecting the South Asian community: immigration, post 9/11 backlash. www.saalt.org