Even before Tuesday’s mass shooting in Atlanta that took the lives of six Asian American women, hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic. The majority of attacks have been directed at women and elders.
New data from reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate on Tuesday revealed nearly 3,800 incidents were reported over the course of roughly a year during the pandemic. It’s a significantly higher number than last year’s count of about 2,800 hate incidents nationwide over the span of five months. Women made up a far higher share of the reports, at 68 percent, compared to men, who made up 29 percent of respondents. The nonprofit does not report incidents to police.
Solar One is horrified and dismayed by this terrifying trend, and we join with all others who condemn this senseless and discriminatory violence, whether in word or deed, as well. In NYC alone, hate crimes and aggression against people of Asian descent increased ninefold over 2019. We must all add our voices and work together to end this scourge in our community.
If you have some cash to spare and would like to donate in support of the Asian community locally and across the country, New York Magazine has compiled this handy guide of organizations. The HOPE Program has put together this list of of resources that support people of Asian descent:
- Read the New York City Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC)’s Toolkit for Addressing Anti-Asian Bias, Discrimination, and Hate
- Review these Bystander Intervention Strategies from the Center for Anti-Violence Education
- Volunteer with SafeWalks to escort members of your community to their local subway station
- Browse these resources on Black-Asian solidarity
- Support HOPE’s Asian-led, Asian-serving peer nonprofits, like the Chinese-American Planning Council and Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
- Attend a free bystander intervention training with Hollaback! on March 29 or April 20
In addition, they have also shared these resources for anyone facing discrimination, or feeling anxious, frightened or alone in light of these events:
- Sign up for a SafeWalk to be escorted to or from your local subway station
- Read the #IAmNotAVirus campaign’s Mental Health Workbook for Asian-Americans
- Visit our Work Wellness Landing Page for wellness and mindfulness resources, including the Asian Mental Health Collective
Please stay vigilant, be safe and support each other through these difficult times, regardless of who yo are or how you identify. Our collective humanity depends on it.