Asian Resources Inc., Condemns Anti-Asian Attacks Across our Country
Sacramento has been nationally recognized as one of the most diverse communities in the United States. Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities live in neighborhoods throughout our region and we comprise 25% of Sacramento County. We are one of the largest communities of color in our region and we are grateful that our families came from many places and now call Sacramento our home.
Sadly, over the last year, the Sacramento Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community have become the target of increasing anti-Asian threats, violence, and racist rhetoric. We have seen an increase in reports of hate crimes as Asians are being blamed for the COVID-19 pandemic. And our country watched the horrific murders of 8 people in Atlanta – 6 confirmed Asian women by a 21-year-old white male. Just this week, “Stop AAPI Hate” released a report that nearly 3800 incidents were reported over the last year since the pandemic and women make up 68 percent of the reports. The anti-Asian incidents range from “shunning, slurs, and physical attacks” against the AANHPI community.
The true story of our multi-lingual, multi-ethnic AANHPI communities is that we continue to work and serve others during this difficult time.
We are on the front lines providing needed vaccines. We are working to prepare and deliver food to homebound families. We are health care providers and we are educators. We do so even as we watch our families fight and lose their battle with this disease.
We do so because we have made Sacramento our home.
My family was welcomed to Sacramento as Vietnamese refugees. Just as each successive arrival of Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and other refugees and immigrant communities found their way and were welcomed to Sacramento.
While we truly know that Sacramento is not defined by the recent upsurge in ugly anti-Asian rhetoric and violence, it doesn’t make the hurt any less painful.
We want to assure you that Asian Resources is here to continue supporting and serving our communities. We are committed to working even harder on behalf of those who need our vital services. And we will lead by example by staying on the frontlines and fighting the pandemic.
We do so because Sacramento is our home too. Working together, we will find our way out of the darkness of 2020.
Because Sacramento is our home too.
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