How to help stop hate crimes against Asian Americans
News broke Tuesday night that eight people, including six Asian women, had been gunned down by gunman at three spa companies in Atlanta. Some authorities seem to think the attack was not racially motivated, but the clear targeting of Asian workers during a global spike in anti-Asian violence sounds exactly like hate crime to us.
Unaided by former President Trump’s ‘Chinese virus’ rhetoric, the pandemic has placed Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at increased risk of physical and verbal attacks, due to the blatantly false belief that Asians are responsible for the spread of COVID-19. Stop the hate AAPI, a national coalition to fight anti-Asian discrimination amid the pandemic, reported 3,800 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian hate crimes between March 2020 and February 2021.
These racist and xenophobic incidents come at a time when Asian-American businesses, many of which are owned by first-generation immigrants and therefore are at a disadvantage when applying for bank and government loans, are already suffering huge economic losses.
There are many ways you can help: by donating your money and time, educating yourself and your networks, supporting your local Chinatown, and donating directly to GoFundMes and other fundraisers. community.
Here are some resources to get you started.
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