Act To Change Applauds White House Memorandum Condemning Anti-AAPI Racism
For immediate release
January 28, 2021
Act To Change applauds the Biden-Harris administration for acknowledging the increase in racism and xenophobia that the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has faced since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for issuing an executive order with the aim of achieving racial equity in the United States.
President Joe Biden issued a memorandum recognizing that our community was put at harm due to xenophobic rhetoric surrounding the Coronavirus. To have our administration recognize the painful history of racial discrimination that our community has been facing for generations is a necessary step. This acknowledgement comes in a welcome contrast to the constant use of racial slurs by the previous administration, and their refusal to use the correct and scientific name for the virus.
The memorandum also recognizes that irrational fears of the Coronavirus led to increasing rates of bullying against AAPIs. 1 in 4 AAPI youth had reported facing bullying during the pandemic, and we heard many accounts of such incidents directly from students who spoke at our Classroom Convos webinar and participated in the Homeroom with Tan France workshop series. Within 5 months of its launch, the Stop AAPI Hate online reporting tool received over 2,500 reports of discrimination or hate, of which over 14% were from young people under the age of 20.
The virus of racism has taken a horrific toll on our youth, and we are proud of the current administration for taking action to protect our community. President Biden has condemned and denounced “acts of racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against AAPI communities” and directed the “COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force to consider issuing guidance describing best practices for advancing cultural competency, language access, and sensitivity towards AAPIs.”
Act To Change believes that this memorandum is a first step towards ending the hate against our community and restoring racial equity. We believe that knowledge and kindness are the solutions to ending the wave of hatred that has devastated our community. We encourage our community to use the Covid-19 Racism Resources on our website and continue to report any cases of discrimination at stopaapihate.org.
Act To Change will continue our work until every child feels safe in their identity, and can live in a world free from bullying, hate and discrimination.