The events of hate perpetrated against the AAPI community in Atlanta this week are tragic and infuriating. Sadly, these incidents are neither isolated nor a new phenomenon. An August 2020 United Nations report found that there were over 800 racist incidents against Asian Americans between March and May of last year – just an eight-week period. A new tally from the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center found that there have been at least 2,800 incidents of anti-Asian hate since the pandemic began. We must stand with our Asian American neighbors, friends and family to #StopAsianHate. And whether it is violence against women, racial bigotry, discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, acts of hate against religious groups, or the vilification of immigrant communities, we all must stand in solidarity.
Each of us can be an ally and an intervening bystander.
Addressing conscious and unconscious biases takes reflection and work. I'm proud to be part of a community in Verona where a fellow dad, VPD Chief Kiernan, and his team have already committed to standing with our communities and against hate. Let's continue to lead the way as a community and look out for one another. We all have a role to play in this fight against all forms of discrimination.