LSCNY Statement On Violence Against Asian American And Pacific Islander Communities
No one should have to live in fear because of their race, immigration status, type of employment, or gender. Yet, in the wake of last Tuesday’s events, many Americans are finally becoming aware of what it means to be a member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, harmful anti-Asian rhetoric has spread, and there have been an estimated 3,800 reported hate incidents and crimes against AAPI individuals—a large majority targeting women.
The deliberate attacks in Georgia exemplify the toxic synergy of racism, xenophobia, misogyny and violence that pervades this country.
We mourn with the victims of this tragedy and stand with their families and communities as they cry out for justice.
We call upon our community members, allies, and government leaders at all levels to join us in condemning these acts of hate. But that alone is not enough.
- We must educate ourselves on AAPI history, culture and issues.
- Check in with AAPI friends, colleagues and neighbors.
- Listen to their experiences and uplift their voices.
- Financially support locally-owned AAPI businesses.
- Report incidents to StopAAPIHate.org or StandAgainstHatred.org