Preliminary data from the New Jersey State Police shows the number of bias incidents jumped 74% across the state last year. Sixty-eight incidents were reported in 2020, compared to 39 in 2019. So far this year, there have been 26 bias incidents and if that pace continues, we would exceed last year’s number. Experts say bias incidents are underreported, and there are more cases that police do not ever hear about.
Late last week, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to combat rising hate crimes against Asian Americans. It heads next to the House and President Biden is expected to sign it into law when it reaches his desk.