In the past few weeks, greater public attention has been called to anti-Asian hate. In Seattle, a man was charged with malicious harassment after two instances where he shouted profanities and threw things at Asian women and their children. In Atlanta, eight people were killed by a mass murderer, six of whom were Asian-American women.
These events are a part of a dangerous resurgence in violence and hate incidents against Asian-American and Pacific Islander people. Recently, hate speech and violence have been irresponsibly encouraged by elected officials through coded language. However, we need to recognize that anti-Asian racism is woven into the fabric of our history, particularly in the American West.
Bailadores de Bronce strongly denounces hate speech and violence. We recognize that violence, hate speech, and discrimination fall disproportionately on Asian-Americans and others in BIPOC communities, women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, and people with disabilities. As an organization that is dedicated to the promotion of Mexican Culture through dance and music, it is our responsibility to confront racism and create safe and affirming workplaces and communities.
Support for AAPI staff and volunteers
We stand in solidarity with our Asian-American and Pacific Islander community. We encourage all our BIPOC members to seek help with resources such as Seattle University’s Resources for Coping with Xenophobia and Anti-Asian Racism.
Report hate incidents and discrimination
Reporting incidents helps people understand the scale of the problem. Because there are barriers to reporting hate incidents, the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State formed Stop AAPI Hate. From March 19, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021, 3,795 incidents were reported. Women were the target of most of these incidents. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University released a report in March. It showed that hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% from 2019 to 2020, even though hate crimes overall declined. Source: https://stopaapihate.org/reports.
These reporting projects help shine a light on anti-Asian racism and demonstrate to victims that they are not alone. Encourage Asian-American and Pacific Islanders in your organization and community to report hate incidents and discrimination at these sites:
- Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs – Report Hate/Discrimination
- National Stop AAPI Hate – Reporting Site
Engage in anti-racism education and reflection
For all of us, deepening our knowledge and understanding of the history of anti-Asian racism will help us untangle ourselves from implicit bias and deeply held stereotypes. There are many academic resources such as Seattle University’s Cultural Awareness and Growth Mindset and the Antiracist Toolkit from the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For self-reflection and a more interactive opportunity to learn about anti-Asian racism, consider a personal trip in the months ahead to Asian museums and heritage events, such as those offered by these organizations:
Please support nonprofits based in the Asian-American community in our region. Most of all, let’s not overlook the value of reaching out to express concern and love for someone who is impacted by anti-Asian violence and hate.
Bailadores de Bronce