From Atlanta, to San Francisco, to New York City, and countless places in between, there have been an astounding 3800 anti-Asian racist incidents in the past year — more than 10 every day across the United States. More than two-thirds of these attacks were directed at women.
HAF stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community against the xenophobic and racist attacks directed against them, rising steadily since the coronavirus pandemic began just over one year ago.
Such incidents clearly illustrate how much farther the United States has to go in protecting all members of our society against bias attacks, the effects of inflammatory rhetoric about immigration, the necessity of accurate and culturally appropriate education so that future generations are no longer beset by such ignorance, hatred, and bigotry.
“If the United States were to lead the world, we must show the world that people of different races, ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds can live in harmony and prosper together. Hate crimes against Asian Americans must stop immediately,” stated Joel Wong, President of National Asian American United, and APAPA National Governing Board Member, which HAF has worked with on a number of issues.
HAF urges law enforcement to take immediate steps to protect all communities from rising hate crimes and calls on policy makers to pass legislation that allows law enforcement to better prevent, respond to, and document hate crimes.
The Hindu American Foundation also urges that if you or someone you know has been harassed, assaulted or threatened with harm on the basis of your identity (e.g., race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation), please do not stay silent. Report the incident to law enforcement immediately. Similarly, please report any incidents involving vandalism, hateful graffiti, desecration, arson, or violence directed towards temples or other properties.
We also request that you help us in tracking incidents of identity-based or bias-motivated intimidation, threats, harassment, and violence being experienced in our communities.
The more data we have about such incidents, the better we will be able to work with the appropriate authorities, agencies, civil rights advocates, and other stakeholders to identify areas of particular concern and ensure the safety and security of the community. Please be aware that HAF is unable to offer individual legal assistance or counsel.