This week's deadly attack in Atlanta, where a white gunman killed eight, including six Asian women, was tragically part of a larger pattern—and not just of gun violence. According to a report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, hate crimes against Asian Americans rose 149% this year, despite the overall crime rate in the U.S. decreasing 7%. The organization Stop AAPI Hate alone received 3,795 reports of race-targeted hate over the past year.
These numbers make it clear: Racially-motivated hate is everyone's problem.
So what can you do to help? Start by taking a bystander intervention training, like this one offered by Hollaback, to prepare you to stand up for your fellow community members who are targets of hate. You can also educate yourself on recent hate crimes, as well as the U.S.'s troubling history of xenophobic sentiment (here's a good breakdown), and learn how to report a hate crime you see, here. Bring the conversation home, by talking about racism with your kids and educating your whole family on fighting hate.
Finally, show your support for the AAPI community through donations to these organizations that are actively fighting to stop AAPI hate and discrimination.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Founded in 1974, this national organization supports civil rights of Asian Americans, through programs targeting voting rights, immigration justice, and workers' rights.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
This national organization fights for civil and human rights for all Asian Americans through a network of local affiliates. It also includes the AAAJ Asian Law Caucus, the country's oldest civil rights organization dedicated to serving low-income Asian communities.
Hate Is a Virus
Spurred by harmful racist rhetoric surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, community organizers joined together in 2020 to create this nonprofit, which fundraises for multiple organizations across the country stopping hate.
AAPI Women Lead
This female-focused group seeks to support women of Asian heritage facing discrimination and champion AAPI women in leadership roles.
Stop AAPI Hate
Another organization that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stop AAPI Hate has been tracking the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans over the past year in both an effort to raise awareness and a means of working with advocates and government to enact policies to stop it.
AAPI Community Fund
This fund collects donations to distribute to grassroots organizations fighting for equality for AAPI citizens. An experienced advisory board reviews and gives out all donations.
National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence
This women-led organization supports both community and government-led programs that seek to end sexual violence agains AAPI women.
Asian Mental Health Collective
As its name suggests, this group seeks to destigmatize conversations around mental health in the Asian American community and make mental health care accessible.
Asian Hall of Fame
This global program, founded to celebrate Asian excellence, has started a fundraising program to raise money which will directly support survivors of hate crimes.
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