A statement from our team
On the rise of xenophobia, hate crimes, and attacks against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
OAKLAND, CA (March 18, 2021) — We are deeply saddened by the horrific tragedies in Georgia, which took eight innocent lives, including those of six women of Asian descent. An attack on one of our communities is an attack on all of us.
The recent surge in xenophobia, hate crimes, and attacks against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community reflect the culmination of years of anti-Asian racism, oppression, and harmful stereotypes and rhetoric, which erase the unique identities and needs of AAPI students and families. So as we send our thoughts to our AAPI team members, community leaders, and families, we also pause to reflect on how we can do more to dismantle systemic racism and white supremacy in all the spaces children learn and grow.
We mourn with the families of Daoyou Feng, Delaina Yaun, Hyun Jung Grant, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Xiaojie Tan, and Yong Yue.
We all have a shared responsibility to build a safer, more equitable society. Here are some resources to help the AAPI community right now:
- There’s been a rise in anti-Asian attacks. Here’s how to be an ally to the community. (Article by USA Today published on March 25, 2021)
- Educating kids and ourselves is the first step to combating anti-AAPI racism in schools and communities. Here are ways to bring these important conversations to your home or classroom by Parents Together.
- Act To Change’s toolkit shares a collection of resources and strategies for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities to stand against bullying, racism, and xenophobia in the face of COVID-19.
- The model minority myth perpetuates stereotypes, inhibits AAPI students from achieving an equitable education, and fuels misunderstanding of anti-Asian racism. Learn more about the model minority myth – and how to dismantle it – from Learning For Justice.
- Many AAPI families are keeping kids home from school – worried about elderly parents in cramped households, distrustful of safety measures, and afraid their children will face racist harassment. No child should fear for their safety at school. (Article published by The Washington Post on March 4, 2021)