CAERDA’s statement on racist attacks against Asian AmericansWith a heavy and saddened heart, the Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association strongly condemns the shooting in Atlanta on March 16, 2021, that claimed eight lives, including six Asian women. The senseless killings in Georgia have again shed light on the need for each of us to stand against racial hatred, xenophobia, and violence against any group of people. The horrific anti-Asian violence and hate crimes in all forms have increased since the COVID pandemic. The number of hate incidents reported (3,800 as of March 2021) represents only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that occur. Still, it does show how vulnerable Asian Americans are to discrimination and the types of discrimination they face. According to the Pew Research Center survey (2020), three in 10 Asian Americans (31%) report having experienced racial slurs or racist jokes since the beginning of the pandemic.
CAERDA remains committed to educating all learners in P-20 to empower each other and become informed citizens; we value the diversity, equity, and inclusion of students, their families, and educators. We hope that we all commit to educating ourselves about the rich history and strengths of Asian Americans and help demystify misconceptions about Asian Americans, including anti-Asian hate, violence, and deminoritization. We hope you will join us to support our Asian communities who face injustice.
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