Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, crimes against Asian people in the United States have frighteningly increased—3,800 reported hate crimes against Asians have taken place between March 2020 and February 2021, according to researchers at Stop AAPI Hate, with nearly 70 percent targeting Asian women specifically. As a result, prominent women within the Asian American community have been speaking out, with The Bachelor’s Marylynn Sienna now coming forward about her personal experiences with racism.
In a heartbreaking Instagram post, Marylynn discusses how the harassment she endured and the insensitive comments she constantly receives about her race affects her, and she opened up about what being adopted by a white family was like.
Read Marylynn’s statement in full:
“Sometimes when I’m just living my human experiences, and some random person can just look at me and say it’s because I’m Asian that I do this or that. It baffled me. It hurts me. It breaks me,” Marylynn shared. “The assumptions and stereotypes must end. We are the same flesh and blood. When you ask me what race I am I say HUMAN.”
Concluding her message, Marylynn said, “I encounter these types of situations on a daily basis. What does this tell me? It tells me that racism is still alive in the deepest subconscious layers of American culture due to centuries of white supremacy. Covert racism is still racism. Please educate yourself on what that means.”
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