Last week, Our team learned with the rest of the world of the heinous and senseless murder of eight people, six being members of the Asian American community, in an Asian-owned spa in Atlanta. The shocking acts were but one of the many examples of anti-Asian hate and discrimination that have taken place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has fueled some to lash out against those in the Asian community to blame them for the pandemic.
Our message today to the country and world is that the CMBG3 team decries racism and xenophobia in all forms, and that we stand in solidarity and unity with people of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Violence, hatred, discrimination, and bias in all forms have no place in our communities and we disavow any notion that those are acceptable ways to treat members of the AAPI community (or any person at all).
As coronavirus infections increase, hate crimes against the AAPI community continue to grow, with more than 3,000 nationwide reported coronavirus-related discriminatory acts, verbal harassment, and physical assault. Sadly, these only represent the reported incidents of these behaviors, which undoubtedly represent but a fraction of what has transpired. Asian Americans have been blamed for the coronavirus and people have gone as far as making Chinese people apologize for it.
Last week, our DEI team provided the CMBG3 team with numerous ways to support the AAPI community. Below is a list of resources to help learn more about crimes targeting Asian Americans and how to stop AAPI hate.
- Do’s and don’ts for bystander intervention (AFSC)
- How to respond to coronavirus racism (Teaching Tolerance)
Report a hate incident:
- Stand Against Hatred website (Asian Americans Advancing Justice)
- Stop AAPI Hate reporting website (Asia Pacific Policy Planning Council)
- Know your rights during COVID-19 (Vision Change Win)
- Self-care tips for Asians dealing with COVID-19 racism (Huffington Post)
- Anti-stigma social media toolkit for public health (Seattle and King County)
- Racial Justice & Social Equity Resource List (Racial Equity Tools)
Conversations/Discussions on the Uptick in Violence Against Asian Americans:
- AttacksAsian Americans experience ‘far more’ hate incidents than numbers indicate
- As virus-era attacks on Asians risePast victims look back
- ‘I don’t have the virus’Asian Americans in Minnesota confront a COVID-19 backlash
- Reporter Hannah YangI have felt the sting of pandemic-fueled racism
- Call to MindDealing with Asian discrimination during the pandemic
- How to be an allyFor Asian Americans facing racism
- 1AThe rise in anti-Asian attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Stories shed lightOn recent attacks on Asian Americans
- WBURVolunteers walk with Chinatown seniors in Oakland to combat anti-Asian violence
- NPRUnpacking the surge in violence against Asian Americans
- March 2020Asian Americans are blamed by some for COVID-19 outbreak
- As coronavirus spreadsRacism and xenophobia are too
Donate and Support organization supporting Asian communities: