By Christine Loredo, Donor Relations Director
Over the past year, members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have documented an alarming increase in acts of violence and discrimination against their communities. Last week these incidents escalated into a coordinated series of murders of eight people, six of whom were Asian women. Children’s Alliance mourns the victims of these shootings, grieves with their families, and stands in solidarity with our AAPI community members who, since the start of the pandemic, increasingly have been targeted by xenophobia and racially motivated terrorism.
We recognize that the dangerous ideology that excuses violence and scapegoating against AAPIs is the same racist ideology that upholds White supremacy and normalizes violence and scapegoating against Black, Indigenous and other communities of color. As an organization intent on dismantling racism within the systems that serve children, Children’s Alliance is committed to fighting against all forms of structural racism and examining the intersecting factors of misogyny, classism and colonialism that contribute to the violence leveled at our communities.
We urge our members to join us in denouncing all forms of violence against AAPI communities and calling out these killings for what they are: hate crimes. We also want to uplift the courageous work of our AAPI community partners who have developed local and national resources to connect people to help during this time and written words of comfort for those who are grieving.