APCC Condemns Racism and Violence Against Asia Pacific People
We at Asia Pacific Cultural Center are truly saddened and at the same truly outraged by the escalating hate, racism, and violence against the Asia Pacific community. The murders of the eight people, 6 of them Asian women, during the March 16 shootings in Georgia shine more light on the hate, violence, racism, and prejudice against Asia Pacific people that has been ongoing in this country for decades and has been increasing since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. A report by Stop AAPI Hate, states in the past year they have received 3,800 reported incidents against Asians and Pacific Islanders across the U.S., which is only a fraction of the number of incidents that actually occur due to underreporting.
Violence and racism against Asia Pacific communities is part of a larger system of violence and racism against all communities of color. APCC condemns all forms of racism against Asia Pacific people and all people of color. We will continue to work diligently to denounce racism, promote equity and inclusion of the Asia Pacific people, and help give a voice to the Asia Pacific community, especially during these turbulent times. We will also continue with our work to educate the public and provide opportunities for positive engagement with the Asia Pacific community to address the root causes of racism.
During this crisis, we ask you to join us in solidarity against hate and racism. We ask our elected officials to use their powers responsibly by prioritizing and investing in the work that our community is doing, be more inclusive and equitable in their policy-making, and passing policies against discriminatory and racist behaviors and practices.
Let’s work together to invest and build a safer, stronger, more just, and more equitable and inclusive community for present and future generations.
APCC is here to help. If you need more information on APCC’s programs and services, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (253) 383-3900.
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