Already it has been a difficult 2021 for the Asian community given the growing incidents of traumatic and extremely violent crimes against Asian Americans – in our own backyard most recently in Atlanta, and across the nation in Queens, NY, San Francisco, CA, Denver, CO, and other cities. Hate is never OK. It is not who we are as a nation. The crimes against Americans of Asian descent or origin have no place in our society. And we cannot remain silent.
Because of the current situation, these crimes are particularly heinous in that they target people of color, a population that has been disproportionally affected by the health and economic fallout of the pandemic.
We urge community leaders of every race, religion, ethnic background, gender, or gender identity and expression, to raise their voices and denounce those responsible; address conditions that compromise the safety of communities of color; silence false information and thinly veiled racism delivered in public forums; and take swift and measurable action to end hate crimes, prioritizing the safety of Asian Americans everywhere.
Unfortunately, hate knows no boundaries — not racial, ethnic, economic, or gender lines. Action is the key and the timeframe is urgent because an attack on Asian Americans is an attack on all of us. To combat it and win, we must double down, and stand together, forging personal and community relationships, having open conversations, and reaffirming that we are better than this.