As collectively respond to hate crimes, such as the tragedy in Georgia in 2021, we must lead with the needs of those most directly impacted at the center: the victims and their families.
We must also stand firm in decrying misogyny, systemic violence and white supremacy. Racist stereotypes about Asians, combined with the hypersexualization of Asian women, put those who work in low-wage jobs at high risk for experiencing racist, sexist attacks. Asian American women in the low-wage workforce are particularly vulnerable to racial and sexual harassment.
We must invest in long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence and hate in our communities. And we must recognize that violence against Asian American communities is part of a larger system of violence and racism against all communities of color, including Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and immigrant communities.
In this time of crisis, let’s come together and build strong communities of trust, where we all feel safe, where all workers are treated with dignity and respect, where all children feel comfortable going to school, and where all our loved ones have the freedom to thrive. #StopAsianHate