Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources to Stand Against RacismMarch 23, 2020
Asian Americans have been targeted by racism and xenophobia related to the coronavirus or COVID-19. We offer the following resources in response to this hate.
Facts, Not Fear
In addition, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum has been compiling multilingual resources on the coronavirus and COVID-19 in their Community Library: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander In-Language Resources for Coronavirus.
Resources to Document and Address Hate
We encourage reporting to our website, www.StandAgainstHatred.org, which is accessible in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice created this site in January 2017 to capture information about the increase in hate we observed in the lead-up to the 2016 election. Through this website, we document hate crimes, harassment, and discrimination experienced by our community. As we state on the site, when people submit reports, they are aiding our efforts to monitor and push back against hate. “By sharing what you experienced or witnessed, you can educate the public, empower others, show service providers where help is needed, and strengthen advocacy efforts for hate crimes response and prevention.”
The following resources are available through Stand Against Hatred:
- We partner with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and their Stop Hate project to provide assistance to those impacted by hate. Assistance with legal and social services is available through the Stop Hate hotline (1-844-9-NO-HATE), which is accessible in a number of languages.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice is part of Communities Against Hate, a diverse coalition of civil rights organizations led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Read the report Hate Magnified published by the coalition in January 2019 that details reports submitted to Communities Against Hate.
Discrimination should never be acceptable anywhere. We encourage our communities and allies to learn about ways to respond:
- Hollaback! – Show Up: Your Guide to Bystander Intervention
- New Resource from Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center – How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism
- Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) - Protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander Working People
- Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) – Public Health Alerts, including Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Media Guidance: Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) calls on news organizations to exercise care in coverage of the coronavirus outbreak
We are working with the media, Congress, and partner organizations to inform around the harm of this xenophobia.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice Statement on Discrimination and the Coronavirus Epidemic (February 2020)
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice Social Media Responses to Comments by Elected Officials:
- National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) - Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders and Over 260 Civil Rights Organizations Call on Congress to Denounce Anti-Asian Racism around COVID-19
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) - As Coronavirus Fears Incite Violence, CAPAC Members Urge Colleagues to Not Stoke Xenophobia
- Yes, Viruses Used To Be Named After Places. Here’s Why They Aren’t Anymore. (HuffPost - March 19, 2020)
- Asian People Are Being Targeted By Racist Attacks. Here’s How You Can Be An Ally. (HuffPost - March 19, 2020)
- Photo of Trump remarks shows 'corona' crossed out and replaced with 'Chinese' virus (NBC Asian America - March 19, 2020)
- Trump doubles down that he's not fueling racism, but experts say he is (NBC Asian America - March 18, 2020)
- The coronavirus and the long history of using diseases to justify xenophobia (The Washington Post - Feb. 14, 2020)
Social Media Toolkit
- The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), of which Advancing Justice | AAJC is a member, put together a social media toolkit of many of the resources mentioned here that you can use to amplify to your networks.