Growing up between Queens and Brooklyn in New York. This is why it is so important to speak out against anti- Asian hate. I grew up in an Asian neighbourhood, so they are my people too. Style Cartel has always been an online Magazine that has been inclusive. As Editor and Chief, my dream has always been to create a space for people like myself and my peers I grew up with.
Speaking out against anti-Asian hate
Our staff can make a testament to the fact I love everything Asian. I guess because my neighbourhood was made up of at least one family from every region of Asia. We were blessed and did not look at each other as outsiders. We played together and shared our cultures. So when I see the hate crimes going on, it could be one of my Aunties or grandmothers from the block. The matriarch’s that raised me and cultivated who I became as an adult. I love New York!
Why I am deeply saddened by the shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent. Style Cartel is a proud supporter of the entire Asian community, and we stand with them in the fight against hatred.
Asian Americans suffer a surge of Covid-era hate crimes.
The record of more than 3,800 hateful and sometimes violent acts committed against Asians in America in the past year, there is the murder of eight people, including six Asian women, at spas and massage parlours in Georgia. Police said the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, a white man, later told them that his crimes were not racially but sexually motivated. Two non-Asian women were also killed. This is the norm now when a white man commits a crime. It hurts my heart that is story is a major story, not the lives of the people killed in their pursuit of the American dream.
Anti-Asian hate in 2021
Russell Jeung, a professor of Asian-American studies at San Francisco State University, told the news channel MSNBC that Trump’s language had “racialized the virus . . . with deadly consequences”. Jeung is one of the Stop AAPI Hate project founders in March last year to catalogue the rise in hate crimes and xenophobia experienced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Among the more than 3,800 incidents it has documented since then, women and the elderly were more than twice as likely to be victimized as men.
It is also the reason I am behind Asian and Black people uniting. I grew up with all types of Asian, and they have always excepted me and feed me! They took me to the Chinese opera and showed me how to make roti. Now America is a scary place not only for black people. Social media has kicked down the doors, so the rest of the world can see life in America in 2021. It brings tears to my eyes.
Once a country for immigrants to find the American dream. In 2021 it is now a place of racists where they can attack and create terror for the people who hold the country together. All I want now is a big hug from my old neighbour Mrs Koo. I could not bear if anything like this would happen to her or her children, who I road bikes with.
In the year since the global pandemic was declared, Asian-American communities have experienced an alarming surge in discrimination and racist-fueled attacks. These incidents are largely attributed to the racist rhetoric that seeks to blame Asian-Americans for pandemic-related woes. The novel coronavirus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
TIME magazine pointed out that the NYPD reported anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 1,900 per cent during the first half of 2020. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) revealed that there were nearly 2,600 reports of anti-Asian acts from March to May across 47 states; 70 per cent of those incidents were verbal harassment, 21 per cent involved “shunning,” and 9 per cent were physical assault
What you Can do:
Report Instances of Violence and Discrimination
Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative launched in response to the spike in anti-Asian hate crimes urges the public to report discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The nonprofit has created an online forum in which people can report the type of incident and the time and place. This tracking information will allow activists to “push for better protection, educational resources, and policies” that may one day “put an end to this.”
Stop AAPI Hate has outlined its five-pronged approach:
- Serve as the leading aggregator of anti-Asian hate incidents
- Offer multilingual resources for impacted community members
- Provide technical assistance from rapid response to preventative measures
- Support community-based safety measures and restorative justice efforts
- Advocate for local, state, and national policies that reinforce human rights and civil rights protections
The public can also report anti-Asian incidents at Stand Against Hatred. Those in the NYC area can also report by calling 311 and asking for human rights or contacting the New York Attorney General at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-771-7755. Los Angeles residents can also report hate crimes by dialling 211 or visiting the LA vs Hate website.
Volunteer in Your Community
Contact your local Asian community centre to find out ways you can help fight anti-Asian discrimination and violence.
Jacob Azevedo, an Oakland resident of Hispanic descent, has launched the Compassion in Oakland volunteer organization that seeks to promote safety and community within the Bay Area. After learning about the attacks against elderly Asians, Azevedo took to social media, offering to escort anyone who felt unsafe travelling in the neighbourhood. Since then, hundreds of people have followed his lead.
“I didn’t intend to be some kind of vigilante,” he told CNN. “I just wanted to offer people some kind of comfort … This is important because this community just needs healing. There’s a lot of racial tensions going on because of the previous president’s rhetoric, but in general, our communities need healing. This is an issue that’s been ongoing for a while.”
Or else we are going to go Wutang forever on these streets B’s! Let’s all support each other against anti-Asian hate