Original post on @saic.maffairs posted 4/3/2021.
Globally, communities of color have long faced hostility, racism, discrimination and been the target of violent crime. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread xenophobia and misinformation has unjustifiably placed blame on Asians for the spread of the virus. It’s important to distinguish fact from fiction. COVID-19 does not discriminate based on one’s race, culture, ethnicity, and nationality; “No single person or group of people are more likely than others to spread COVID-19.”1 The hateful rhetoric surrounding COVID is largely the cause for this alarming increase in racialized violence against various Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islands communities. 2
We need to understand that this abhorrent rhetoric and scapegoating of minoritized groups isn’t new, it is only the most recent occurrence of a long-standing pattern of hatred targeting Asian communities. Anti-Asian sentiment long predates the Coronavirus pandemic, but has largely been unreported and unaddressed.3 We cannot begin to denounce anti-Asian discrimination without first understanding the cultural atmosphere that undercurrents the anti-Asian violence we see today.
What follows are only a few of many resources to help gain a deeper understanding of anti-Asian racism, its roots, and its manifestations today. Use these resources to continue your journey of self-education and fuel your @stopaapihate. Let’s denounce racism, not just against AAPI communities, but in all its loathsome forms.
“As we continue to practice anti-racism and work toward more diversity and inclusion, individually and collectively, I hope that we can do just that and involve all groups in the discussion. We can’t call ourselves anti-racists until we acknowledge all marginalized people, including Asian Americans.” - Sharon Kwon