Unmasking Bias Series “Racial Discrimination during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
DEC 06, 2021 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM
December 06, 2021: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
The Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered significant anti-Asian sentiment, resulting in a dramatic surge in anti-Asian violence. Although the focus has been on Asians, the pandemic’s impact has been devastating for Blacks and Hispanics too. Broadening the scope of inquiry to include the experiences of other racial minorities, this study documents key trends in pandemic discrimination over a 14-month period. We find that racial minority groups—Asians, Blacks, and non-White Hispanics—report persistently higher levels of discrimination than Whites (including White Hispanics) throughout the pandemic. A longitudinal approach reveals significant changes over time. Early in the pandemic, Asians reported the highest level of pandemic discrimination, compared to other groups. Meanwhile, Blacks and non-White Hispanics experienced significant increase in pandemic discrimination over time. We also find that political leadership and political climate have a significant impact in elevating or taming perceived pandemic discrimination.