May 9, 2021

Capital community comes together to #StopAsianHate

The world has done a lot of examining of culture over the last year. Recently, there has been an exponential increase in awareness of injustices, specifically ones related to race and ethnicity. 

However, while this awareness has been a step forward, it is far from enough. Celebrating this would be premature and justify complacency. 

The recent attacks in Atlanta at three spas resulted in eight deaths, six of which were women of Asian descent. This sparked the recent movement known as #StopAsianHate.

So, what has Capital done in response to the nationwide movement? Not really much of anything, actually. 

While the ODI does provide resources for students and organizations to use to educate themselves and mention outside organizations to donate to, they do not tell student organizations what to do or how to host any events related to this movement at the time of writing this article. 

However, they have put up notices on the bulletin board on the way to the MDR listing ways to educate yourself, and where to donate and how to support the cause, which will be listed in this article.

In addition, the Asian American Alliance organization at Capital, while they are present on campus, have not made changes to the organization or hosted any events dedicated to the movement at the time of writing this article, either.

The world has done a lot of examining of culture over the last year. Recently, there has been an exponential increase in awareness of injustices, specifically ones related to race and ethnicity. 

However, while this awareness has been a step forward, it is far from enough. Celebrating this would be premature and justify complacency. 

The recent attacks in Atlanta at three spas resulted in eight deaths, six of which were women of Asian descent. This sparked the recent movement known as #StopAsianHate.

So, what has Capital done in response to the nationwide movement? Not really much of anything, actually. 

While the ODI does provide resources for students and organizations to use to educate themselves and mention outside organizations to donate to, they do not tell student organizations what to do or how to host any events related to this movement at the time of writing this article. 

However, they have put up notices on the bulletin board on the way to the MDR listing ways to educate yourself, and where to donate and how to support the cause, which will be listed in this article.

In addition, the Asian American Alliance organization at Capital, while they are present on campus, have not made changes to the organization or hosted any events dedicated to the movement at the time of writing this article, either.

Good ways to educate yourself include checking out the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Asian American Arts Alliance , Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center , and Hate is a Virus

Organizations to donate to include Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund , AAPI Progressive Action , National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) , and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA).

Ways to support the movement include calling government representatives and urging them to support pro-AAPI bills, report AAPI-related hate crimes to Stop AAPI Hate, and joining the Asian American Alliance organization at Capital University. 

All of these are easy ways that students and the public can help to become better allies to Asian Americans and to support them and the cause to end hate crimes towards Asian Americans.

There was a National Day of Action on March 27, which was a day dedicated to the victims of the hate crimes in Atlanta and supporting and donating to AAPI-related organizations.

Featured image by Carter Campbell

  • Josh Conturo is a reporter for the Chimes and a sophomore studying emerging media with an emphasis on journalism, and loves all things related to cars, coffee, and comedy.

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