Ardsley — The exodus of grief and fury over the news that six Asian women were among those killed in the shootings at three Atlanta area massage parlors, has drawn consciousness to the consistent rise of anti-Asian violence in the United States of America. Ardsley Asian Student Union organized this weekend in Westchester County.
“I can not tell you how many times I’ve been asked, do you eat cats or dogs?” shared a student.
“The going joke in middle school was that I wouldn’t survive in jail because they do not serve dog during chow time.”
Students stood in unison with residents and concerned citizen of Westchester County. Sharing their experience in the American dream. “We stood in this same exact spot last year around May 2020” shared County Executive George Latimer. Hate crimes and bias incidents impact all of us, because they create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation that keeps us from feeling safe and secure in our homes and communities.
This atmosphere has been common in the Black community as well. The uprising of 2020 marked a new phase in the unfolding Movement for Black Lives. The brutal killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and countless other injustices large and small, were the match that lit the spark of the largest protest movement in US history, a historic uprising against racism and the politics of disposability that the Covid-19 pandemic lays bare. What needs to be shared is that years of xenophobia is present in our communities with foreign citizens. Xenophobia, the fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners are linked to crime and violent actions. This is not uncustomary in the land of milk and honey where many migrated to. They heard the streets were paved with gold. Figurative language dressed up with interpretation of America. Many gravitating to America, then logic sets in, hurdles, obstacles and immigrant lament began.
We need a vaccine for racism. But, this can not be accomplished in isolation.
“What you are looking at is a White Washed Korean-American who was taught to shrink herself back. Resulting in being ashamed of my culture, never seeing characters in a children’s book like myself and eliminated from the American beauty industry. We are a broken record of begging.”
Deeply moved by statements, poems and music. We must do better and stand up against hatred against Asian-Americans – our neighbors. Let’s move words into action.
Will you join us in channeling our anger into action?
Speak Up Westchester Campaign Launched Against Hate Crimes
If you need emergency assistance call 911.
If you were the victim of a violent attack, call your local police department.
If you were the victim of an incident of bias, hate or discrimination, call the Westchester County Human Rights Commission (914) 995-7710 or email at HumanRights@westchestergov.com.
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If you are a victim or witnesses of a hate crime or bias incident call (914) 995-TIPS or visit www.WestchesterDA.net.