There has been a massive increase in hate crimes impacting people in our Asian community this past year. Just this week, six Asian women were targeted and murdered by a domestic terrorist in Atlanta, Georgia. This is not an isolated incident, as the spate of hate crimes in the past year have seen a significant rise, and typically without adequate media coverage. This lack of attention is saddening because people of Asian descent are the third most targeted group in the U.S. following Black Americans and Jewish Americans. Thus, we present this healing forum to hold needed space and to stand firmly with our Asian community, understanding the nuances of the particular forms of racial violence aimed at them. We acknowledge the internal complexities of this violence, that it is at times fomented by people and groups from within our BIPOC community. We, thus, call for greater solidarity among us, with the understanding that a threat to any of us, even internally, is a threat to all of us.
Amidst the challenges of the pandemic, we call on you to join us. As we grapple with the forces of white supremacy and anti-Blackness, we must also come to terms with the increase of over 1900% in hate crimes against Asian identifying folks in NYC this past year. We must be sensitive to the cultural factors that usually get lost in the conversation—that people from Asian backgrounds, both domestic and international, often hide their experiences, emotions, grief and suffer in silence. We must make space to hear them. Our commitment to anti-racist education must include Asian folks. Please join us this Monday in standing in solidarity with our Asian community, and join us in taking a first essential first step toward social growth.
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