It's Time to #StopAsianHate
The Situation at Hand
In the past year, the United States has seen a sharp increase in incidents of discrimination against the Asian community. Occurring primarily in the form of verbal threats and abuse, but ranging from physical attacks to public shunning, these acts have caused enormous amounts of undue stress for the Asian community. In the previous years, behavior like this may have gone unrecognized. But, the time for silence and iaction has long since passed. The first step towards social progress is to speak out against injustice, which has not been an uncommon experience among many different groups in this country. Collegiate Women in Business would like to stand with our friends across all cultures and ethnicities, and show our support by using our voice to advocate for equality and kindness.
According to Stop AAPI Hate, there have been over 3,000 incidents reported since the beginning of 2021, with the majority of cases being reported by women of East Asian descent. The U.S. is now averaging about 100 cases reported per day, as of April. Elderly individuals have been some of the primary victims of these attacks, and are at greater risk of sustaining severe injuries from these interactions. Communities across the country have witnessed Asian businesses take a hit, as well, as many have fallen victim to burglaries, racist vandalism- as seen in the threats against a San Antonio business owner in this report, and threats of violence. In response, individuals and business-owners in the Asian community have felt the need to take their personal security into their own hands and alter their daily lives in order to protect themselves and their livelihoods. Businesses have reduced their hours, heightened the security measures around their storefronts, and called upon law enforcement in response to the growing threat of racially-motivated attacks.
As the world continues to deal with the physical and psychological effects of the pandemic, it’s important to remember the power of kindness. These acts of violence and verbal abuse are horrifying, and the undue stress and trauma this behavior inflicts on the Asian community is unacceptable. Whether or not the situation at hand may affect you, there are ways you can help by using your voice and your actions to stand up against the hate. Here are some of the ways you can get involved in #StopAsianHate, as well as some resources for further reading.
Supporting Your Friends
The first and most important step you can take is to educate yourself on the current and historic state of racism against the Asian community in America. Not only has Asian-American history often gone overlooked in the classroom, but the representations and ideas we may have about the Asian community can also be riddled with stereotypes and misinformation. Resolving these issues through education is an easy and effective way to combat racism at its source. Here are a few resources to get you started:
A brief article providing an overview of the history of racism against Asians in America, beginning in the late 1800s.
A short interview between NPR and Dale Minami, a professor of Asian American studies at U.C. Berkeley and a practicing lawyer, discussing the nature of Anti-Asian racism in America.
And, a film by PBS about the history of Asian Americans, their successes and their struggles.
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