Stop AAPI Hate
AAHA is compelled to restate our condemnation of racism and discrimination in light of recent violent attacks on Asian Americans.
Advocates and activists say these attacks, part of a surge in abuse since the start of the pandemic a year ago, are hate crimes linked to rhetoric that blames Asian people for the spread of COVID-19. Whatever the origins, AAHA remains committed to zero tolerance for any racist acts and discrimination. We all must hold ourselves accountable to our greater community, welcoming all cultures, races, genders, and religions that may be different from our own into a society that values diversity.
AAHA believes that education forms the root of understanding and, ultimately, acceptance. Some people justify and rationalize social injustice while others do nothing because they feel they are not directly affected. As always, we hope our staff and members continually strive to learn and grow. We encourage readers of this message to visit the following websites to learn about recent actions and goals of organizations whose missions are to support Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
- Stop AAPI Hate (stopaapihate.org). Their most recent report on types of discrimination and recent crimes can be found here.
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (aaldef.org). This national organization, founded in 1974, works to protect and promote civil rights for Asian-Americans.
- #HATEISAVIRUS (hateisavirus.org). An initiative and community raising awareness on anti-Asian racism and supporting Asian-owned businesses.
To our Asian American members, we wish you peace and safety. Please know that your colleagues, friends, and AAHA team stand together in support of the equal rights, protection, and respect you justly deserve.