During the pandemic, violence, both physical and verbal, against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) has increased dramatically -- hate crimes of this nature, as reported by NPR (cited in a report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University), in approximately 16 cities increased by 150% in 2020. Multiple sources, including NPR and The Guardian, have reported that since the start of the pandemic, there have been between 2,800 and 3,800 reported acts of physical/verbal violence against individuals and acts of vandalism of businesses that have directly targeted the AAPI community. While hate crimes against the AAPI community have been on the rise and we are speaking out more and more about it, we know that this community has historically experienced racism and that it is not something new.
Our hearts are broken to learn that last evening, March 16th, a hate crime was carried out against the AAPI community, which resulted in the murders of 8 people; 6 of them were reported to be Asian women.
We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community, and all communities who experience racism, violence and oppression. It is critically important that we stand up and speak out against racism, xenophobia, oppression and violence and that we all do our part to dismantle white supremacy and other harmful and inequitable systems.
We are stronger when we come together and look out for one another.
For more information about how you can support the AAPI community at this time, please visit: Stop AAPI Hate