There’s been a rise in anti-Asian attacks. Here’s how to be an ally to the community.
You may be wondering what you can do to help the Asian and Asian-American communities, amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the U.S.
Eight people – most of them women of Asian descent – were killed Tuesday night in three shootings at Atlanta-area spas before police arrested a 21-year-old man suspected of being the gunman.
Stop AAPI Hate, a group that tracks acts of discrimination and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, found nearly 3,800 incidents of hate, discrimination or attacks on Asian Americans from March 2020 through February 2021. Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP
New anti-hate crime legislation is set to be introduced in both chambers of Congress, following executive orders from President Joe Biden addressing the attacks.
Here are some key ways you can aid the communities, from donating to organizing:
Where to donate to help Asian communities, and how to organize
A host of organizations could use your donations, including but not limited to:
- Armed Patrol Security Guards for Oakland Chinatown
- Hate Is A Virus
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice
New York Magazine has a list of over 50 ways you can support the Asian communities.
Read before you share resources. As is typical with social media, many people share social posts on platforms like Instagram and Twitter offering statistics, resources and places to donate. Make sure the posts you’re sharing are rooted in facts, because even the most well-intentioned person could spread misinformation.
Learn how to organize
Actor Daniel Dae Kim told USA TODAY this month that a lot can happen on a local level: “We need to be able to contact our local (district attorneys) and the Department of Justice to discuss how we can deter (these crimes) and how we can prosecute them properly. There’s a lot we can do to foster understanding among communities. There are many community groups that have been created out of the ashes of this, like Compassion in Oakland, where they’re escorting Asian-American elders from place to place so that they feel safe.”
Reach out to your Asian friends and colleagues – but don’t ask them to educate you
Anti-Asian racism, like any form of racism, isn’t new.
Read up on the history of and present day anti-Asian racism in the U.S. This can be done through news articles. Consider documentaries and news programs that feature information on the subject. Netflix’s “Amend” touches on anti-Asian history in its sixth episode. Consider reading books by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors, too.
“The Real” host Jeannie Mai told USA TODAY last month she doesn’t think white Americans are educated enough about Asian history or culture.
“I don’t think our school system is catered around educating us what we really need to know,” she said.
Read the full article on USA Today.
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