As reported by Public, several organizations that received funding from the program were not directly related to the Asian community, but were instead focused on promoting LGBT causes and other unrelated issues.
The Stop the Hate Program was established in response to a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state allocated $110 million to the initiative, but Public's investigation, based on a public records request, revealed that six of the funded groups did not have any stated objectives related to assisting Asians.
Carl Chan, president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and a reported victim of hate crime, expressed his concerns about the program's effectiveness to Public. “Some of the organizations are getting millions of dollars to ‘stop [Asian American Pacific Islander] hate,’ but it doesn’t look like they’re doing anything to actually stop it. That money isn’t going where it was supposed to,” Chan said.
One such organization, the Positive Resource Center, received $620,000 to produce an anti-racism and anti-hate film highlighting the experiences of Black transgender individuals, according to Public.
While the Stop the Hate initiative was created in response to anti-Asian hate, the program's website acknowledges that it also funds efforts to combat other forms of hate. This comes in the wake of a 339% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes nationwide in 2021 compared to 2020, as per a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles have seen significant rises in anti-Asian incidents.
The California State Legislature passed a historic $165.5 million API Equity Budget in 2021 to address the surge in hate against Asian and Pacific Islander Californians, according to the Stop the Hate website. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is tasked with administering $110 million of this budget over three years to community organizations providing direct services to victims of hate and their families, as well as prevention and intervention services to tackle hate in communities.
Among the recipients of the program's funding is the TransLatin@ Coalition, which received over three million dollars. The organization aims to assist Latino "Transgender and Gender nonconforming and Intersex immigrant women in Los Angeles," as stated on its website.
The Oakland Asian Cultural Center was granted $90,000 to produce an anti-racism podcast, Public reported. Other funded groups reportedly work to combat anti-black racism originating from Asians.