We condemn the horrific acts of hatred and violence against the Asia-American and Pacific Islander Community (AAPI) which culminated in the tragic mass shootings in Georgia on March 17th. We mourn the loss of life and mourn the families broken by this recent racist, misogynistic hate crime.
This is not an isolated incident. We must acknowledge the widespread examples of violence and prejudice, bigotry and intolerance that have been building up for some time. We have seen attacks on elders in the Asian community. Children are bullied by their peers. There was discrimination in the workplace, street harassment, violence and vandalism. Since the beginning of the pandemic, hate crimes against Asians have increased tremendously. Anti-Asian racism isn't new, but has been fueled by dangerous false rhetoric surrounding COVID-19. I challenge myself and my community to recognize the painful history of anti-Asian racism, learn and understand the experiences of AAPI individuals, and use the power and privilege we have to withstand bigotry.
Why are we discussing this now?
To combat hatred in every corner of our society, we need to have loud and frequent conversations about these issues. At Moz we have a platform that enables us to shed some light on the darkness we face. We have a privilege that enables us to face the uncomfortable. The silence allows hatred to flourish; Discussion and accountability pull it from the roots.
What can we all do to fight AAPI hatred and support the AAPI community?
The hatred fades with bravery. If you witness anti-Asian sentiment or discrimination, use spectator intervention training to educate your response. Intervene and educate friends and family who uphold harmful stereotypes and let them know that hatred cannot be tolerated. Find resources to educate yourself and share with your sphere of influence. Show compassion and empathy to your AAPI friends, family, and co-workers, and provide space before being asked. Hear and amplify AAPI voices. Find and patronize local AAPI-owned small businesses – intentionalist is a fantastic tool to use here. Support organizations that are fighting to make the world fairer and safer for all – we'll share some of them in the Resources section below.
Perhaps the most important thing is to have courage. We cannot allow hatred to go unchecked. Be brave. Be loud Say no to hate
Thank you to Kim Saira and Annie Wu Henry for compiling resources and information on this topic.