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March 23, 2021

The Center for Health Affairs Statement on Hate Crimes Against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community



Statement Against Hate CrimesThere has been a horrific surge in violence and hate-crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the past year. According to data released by the reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate, there have been nearly 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents, mostly against women, reported over roughly a year during the COVID-19 pandemic. White supremacy must be denounced without equivocation – we cannot be complicit and stand idle while these acts of hatred and bigotry are happening across our country.
 
The Center for Health Affairs stands in solidarity with the AAPI community in Northeast Ohio and across the country as we vehemently condemn this hatred, racial discrimination and violence. Our hearts go out to those affected by the reported shootings of Asian American women last Tuesday in Atlanta: The victims, their families and the entire AAPI community during this frightening and heartbreaking time.
 
As allies to the Asian American community, we must put in the necessary work to understand these communities’ experiences, heritage, culture and contributions to our nation. Above all, we must make it clear that the AAPI community is welcome and plays a vital role in shaping our shared future.
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