Thursday, March 18, 2021

Who will march for Asian Americans after the killings in Atlanta?

My former Hofstra colleauge, Alafair Burke has a piece in the Washington Post about the recent violence against Asian-Americans.

Opinion: Who will march for Asian Americans after the killings in Atlanta? by Alafair Burke.


"Between March 19, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021, the nonprofit group Stop AAPI Hate collected 3,795 first-person accounts of incidents ranging from casually racist comments to vicious assaults. According to data from California State University at San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, in 2020, anti-Asian hate crimes in 16 of the country’s largest cities increased almost 150 percent over the previous year, even as the overall number of hate crimes reported to the police declined."

"These are painful statistics and stories — especially when it feels like no one actually cares."

"Having marched in my share of streets, I am left asking, who will march for us? Racism against Asian Americans often goes unrecognized and unchallenged because of stereotypes that depict Asian Americans as people who don’t need protection from abuse — or who don’t deserve it."

"As I read the coverage of the Atlanta shootings, I was sad and angry and frustrated. I found myself thinking, If this were happening to any other racial group, we’d treat it differently."

I have been very concerned for my Asian-American friends since the beginning of the pandemic.  There is a lot of ignorance in our country.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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