Statement from Monica Gray, CEO of YWCA National Capital Area:
Yesterday, in Georgia, 8 people–including 7 women–were killed in an anti-Asian hate crime. Make no mistake, these attacks were caused by hate, racism, and white supremacy, fueled greatly by anti-Asian rhetoric currently running rampant in our country.
According to a statement from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, “hate incidents targeting Asian Americans rose by nearly 150% in 2020, with Asian American women twice as likely to be targeted.” In addition, “Stop AAPI Hate received 3,800 reports of anti-Asian hate since March 2020 to February 2021, with 35% of discriminatory acts happening at businesses and with women reporting hate incidents twice as men.”
This must stop. We must end racism now. As an organization committed to eliminating racism, we condemn this violence and call for action at the highest levels–including continued investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice–to protect the Asian community.
We ask that you join us in denouncing white supremacy and help us work for peace, justice, and freedom for all. Racism against any group hurts all of us and divides our country. We stand against racism every day and support all groups who work to end racism.
Here are some ways you can do that today:
- Fund organizations like Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, who have been supporting Asian communities for decades.
- Combating racism starts with reporting it when you see it and intervening when necessary. Learn some best practices from Hollaback! with bystander intervention training. Check out opportunities at: https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/
- Report hate crimes against the AAPI community at StandAgainstHatred.org & Stop AAPI Hate.
- Educate yourself. Learn about the history of anti-Asian sentiments in this country. They are nothing new, but are often left out of the discussions of racism.
Together, we can stop racism now.