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Hate crimes are growing against color communities. In 201

9, they reached their highest level in more than a decade. Here’s why.

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Authorities arrested a man who they say is suspected of stabbing two Asian women without warning in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday.

Officers were sent to 4th and Stockton streets shortly before noon. 17 and found the injured women being taken to a hospital, according to The Associated Press. There were no immediate words about their relationship.

Witnesses told KPIX-TV that a man grabbing a knife was walking down Market Street as he approached a bus stop, stabbed the women and then walked away.

Police did not immediately indicate whether the women were specifically targeted or whether the attack could be a hate crime.

Matt Haney, a representative of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, expressed rebellion Tuesday over the incident.

“Disgusting and horrific attack on Market St this afternoon by two Asian seniors,” he said on Twitter. “I have been in close contact with the SFFD and SFPD. The suspect was just arrested. The victims are in the hospital. #StopTheAttacks #StopAsianHate.”

Asian Americans have been the target of several unprovoked attacks in the San Francisco Bay Area and in other parts of the country in recent months. The attacks are believed to stem mainly from misleading anger over the coronavirus pandemic originating in China.

Anti-Asian hashtags roseafter Donald Trump first tied COVID-19 to China on Twitter, the study shows

Related: Asian woman attacked in New York City by stranger with hammer demanding victim remove mask, police say

Former President Donald Trump often made widespread criticism of anti-Chinese rhetoric. Anti-Asian biases and attacks have grown exponentially over the past year in the context of this rhetoric.

Asian Americans made up approximately 6.7 million people in California in 2019, by far the country’s largest, according to the Pew Research Center.

Just last weekend, two Asian women were attacked in New York City by a stranger who demanded that they remove their masks before hitting one in the head with a hammer, police said.

In March, the organization Stop AAPI Hate – founded last year in response to increased targeting of Asian Americans and Pacific residents during the pandemic – said it had received reports of nearly 3,800 hate incidents in a year, estimating it was only a fraction of the actual number.

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism in the Cal State of San Bernardino found a 164% increase in reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the first quarter of 2021 compared to last year in 16 cities and jurisdictions across the country.

Contribution: Associated Press

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