The recent violence against the AAPI (Asian American & Pacific Islander) community is a harsh reminder of the divisions that exist within our nation.
According to CBS News: "A new study based on police department statistics across major U.S. cities found a nearly 150% surge in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020, while overall hate crimes fell by 7%. The numbers reflect a growing trend of discrimination against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
The report, released this week by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, examined hate crimes in 16 of America's largest cities, found the first spikes rose alongside COVID-19 cases in March and April. The report is limited to crimes reported to local police departments. Meanwhile, "hate incidents," defined by the Department of Justice as acts of prejudice that aren't crimes, are also on the rise. "
SJND stands against all violence and hate. We stand with our AAPI community members and believe it takes more than words to heal the divisions, it also takes action. It is time to get involved! Don't know where to start? Here are some free resources and organizations against hate crimes.