The murders of 8 people in three spas in Atlanta last night, 6 of whom were Asian women, has us all reeling today. This senseless violence is the latest and one of the most deadly examples of the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes over the course of the last year. It is alarming, unacceptable, and reprehensible. This is an issue that must be addressed in every single community in America.
Here in the Bay Area, we’ve seen a number of horrifying attacks against Asian American elders. Yesterday, there were two knife attacks in San Francisco — one older Asian man was nearly blinded. And this comes on the heels of recent attacks in February against 84 year old Vichar Ratanapakdee in San Francisco which resulted in his death, an attack on a 91 year old man in Oakland, and the assault and robbery of a 64 year old woman in San Jose.
These attacks are motivated by racism and a direct result of the damaging and misleading rhetoric and example set by our 45th President in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to result in devastating impact in our own Bay Area communities and throughout the nation.
SFWPC’s board and membership includes members of the AAPI community and we stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community now and always. SFWPC condemns the rise in violence against each and every group within the larger AAPI community, and will be connecting with AAPI organizations and community leaders here in San Francisco to determine how best to support our beloved AAPI community at home.
It’s of critical importance that each and everyone take action in the face of this racism and hate by refuting and correcting falsehoods when we hear them, raising awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes by discussing the subject with our networks and sharing content via our social media networks, and de-escalating, intervening in and/or reporting hate incidents when we witness them.
The Stop AAPI Hate reporting project is a partnership between the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University.
For more information on how you can get involved and support the AAPI community, please visit stopaapihate.org. It’s on all of us to #StopAsianHate.
The SFWPC Board