By: Alyssa Wilson
For months, after increased attacks on Asians across the United States, many have called for an end to Asian hate and the shootings in Atlanta amplified those calls.
In March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center.
A national report released by the group revealed that more than 3,000 incidents were reported, including cases of verbal harassment, shunning, physical assault, civil rights violations and online harassment.
Stop AAPI Hate is proud to announce our latest national report, measuring anti-Asian hate incidents from March 2020-Feb 2021. In the last 12 months, we have tracked 3,795 hate incident reports from APIs in all 50 states and DC. pic.twitter.com/fbKUUdByvj
— Stop AAPI Hate (@StopAAPIHate) March 16, 2021
People of Chinese descent reported experiencing the most hate, followed by those who identify as Korean, Vietnamese and Filippino.
According to research released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, hate crimes targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150 percent.
Many have linked the violence against Asians to former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about Asians and coronavirus.
On Tuesday night, eight people were killed after shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta-area. Most of the victims were women of Asian descent.
GoFundMe started a campaign to support the AAPI Community Fund. The money will benefit organizations that strive to improve the lives of members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community.
So far, it has raised more than $800,000.
There have been continued calls to stop discrimination and hatred towards Asians, many using #StopAsianHate.
My heart goes out to the families and communities of the eight people murdered at metro-Atlanta spas. I am deeply saddened that we live in a nation and world permeated by hate and violence. I stand with Asian members of our World House, who are a part of our global human family.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 17, 2021
My condolences goes out to the families of all the victims and the entire Asian community tonight on what transpired in Atlanta at the Aromatherapy Spa. Coward a** young man!! Just senseless and tragic!! 🙏🏾❤️👑
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 17, 2021
sad & exhausted. this year of scapegoating & attacks should drive home the fact that there is no refuge to be found in “colorblindness.” in proximity to whiteness. in striving to be the model minority. we have to hope & fight for everyone to be safe, for everyone’s liberation.
— Nicole Chung (@nicolesjchung) March 17, 2021
Much love to everyone who is hurting, scared, or just tired.
I stand with you and pray for you. #StopAsianHate
— Tiffany D. Jackson (@WriteinBK) March 17, 2021
Call a hate crime what it is.
And GOP leaders, stop fanning violence with anti-Asian rhetoric.
You should be ashamed at what you have unleashed.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 17, 2021
This is sooo heartbreaking…praying for our world. To my Asian American family, please take time to grieve but know youre loved, seen and IMPORTANT. We have to keep standing up, speaking out, rallying together and fighting for change. We cannot lose hope!! ❤️#StopAsianHate #NOW https://t.co/Xm4ojbJALw
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) March 17, 2021
I know these women. The ones working themselves to the bone to send their kids to school, to send money back home. In too much pain to know what else to say so I’ll just leave this here. https://t.co/Dz7wKkbADy
— Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) March 17, 2021
After 9/11, Sikhs were targeted and murdered because of their skin color and garb.
After COVID-19, Asians are murdered and targeted because of their skin color and look.
When the uneducated and uninformed need a target for their misplaced anger, they will find it without fail.
— Jimmy Wong (@jfwong) March 17, 2021
Many activists ask that #AsianLivesMatter not be used because of it was derived from the Black Lives Matter movement.
— pheme. STOP ASIAN HATE 🇱🇦 (@luckypheme) March 17, 2021
hi everyone. speaking on behalf of the asian community, please do not use the #AsianLivesMatter hashtag! it derives it’s name from the black lives matter movement, another separate movement. here are some alternatives you can use!
— prim | blm and protect asian lives (@whorefory0han) March 17, 2021
For additional resources on how to help stop hatred and violence against Asians, click here.