WSPA Statements on Public Issues

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The Washington State Psychological Association unequivocally condemns the increasing hate and violence directed towards Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders nationwide, including the recent targeted attacks and tragic murder of Asian women in Atlanta, GA. As an organization committed to diversity and inclusion, we are deeply saddened by the alarming rise in anti-Asian racist attacks. We also acknowledge that anti-Asian bias and violence is not new and has been a part of our nation’s history in the form of federal laws, specifically citizenship laws and immigration laws, that systematically discriminated against Asian Americans. The internment of Japanese Americans during WWII is another example of such institutional racism. The Muslim ban and deportation of Southeast Asian refugees and undocumented immigrants are recent federally sanctioned acts of discrimination against this minority group. Further, since the beginning of the pandemic, Asian Americans have been targeted with hate crimes and bias, with near 4000 reports of discrimination in the past year as per the Stop AAPI Hate National Report. 

The role of white supremacy, racialized misogyny, and the overfetishization of Asian women in the most recent attacks is undeniable.  So, we wanted to share resources for support for those affected by anti-Asian racism. We also wanted to share resources for allies and advocates to further our knowledge and enhance our ability to fight white supremacy, including information about the history of anti-Asian racism in our country and state


Resources: 

Stop AAPI Hate 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Tracking Hate Stories

Free bystander intervention training to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment

Anti-Racism Resources to Support AAPI Community

Speak Up Strategies for Racist or Xenophobic Comments

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Asian Mental Health Collective

 

Data:

2020 Statistics on Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

 

Articles: 

Anti-Asian violence has surged in the US since COVID-19. But it didn’t start there.

Why this Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anti-asian-hate-crimes-covid-19-help_n_60256eebc5b680717ee65142