Stop Asian Hate

Stop Asian Hate

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which comes after a particularly painful year for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

For the last year, the AAPI community has seen an increase in receiving hate across the country. Harmful rhetoric that wrongly blamed the AAPI community for the pandemic was the spark and emboldened white supremacist beliefs. In turn, this fanned the flames of anti-Asian sentiment that is already deeply intertwined with our country’s history and systems of power.

California is no exception; anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents have skyrocketed across the state in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County.

In light of the recent anti-Asian and anti-Sikh violence in Atlanta and Indianapolis, CLCV stands with the AAPI community and the victims’ families as they mourn these tragedies.

That’s why we feel it’s important that we use our voices as an organization to strongly condemn the root of this hatred: white supremacy.

Make no mistake: this increase of hate crimes are acts of white terrorism fueled by white fear, misogyny, and sexual violence. Moreover, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are treated as perpetually foreign in the United States, endangering them in unique ways.

We must hold ourselves and our leaders accountable to ensure we are all doing the work towards eradicating racism and white supremacy from our society. To protect our planet, we must also protect the people who live in it, especially communities that are unfairly targeted by racist policies and attitudes. The impacts of the pandemic have further exposed how intricately tied the environmental justice movement is to racial justice issues.

As this month is dedicated to the celebration of the AAPI community, we must remember to stand strong with them past May. In addition, the climate crisis is not some far-off catastrophe; from sea rise in the Marshall Islands to air pollution in Long Beach and Richmond our Asian and Pacific Islander neighbors in the US and abroad are feeling the brunt of it right now. Racist hysteria in our neighborhoods, bad policy in our state capitols, and fossil fuel extraction around the world undergird the atmosphere of racist hysteria our AAPI friends and neighbors have to move through year-round.

We simply cannot fight for climate justice without fighting for racial justice. We will remain committed to using our platform to empower people of color and fight for the most vulnerable amongst us, and we call on our members to do their part to Stop Asian Hate.

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Posted on March 19, 2021 in ECOVOTE BLOG.

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