March 20, 2021
Standing Together Against Racism and Violence
We are angered and saddened by the pattern of anti-Asian racism and violence impacting our communities. While the March shootings in Atlanta drew particular attention, the problem is widespread. Across 16 major US cities, anti-Asian hate crimes increased nearly 150% in 2020, even while overall hate crimes dropped in America. Combined with daily personal accounts of discrimination and aggression in the news, many Asian-Americans are in a real state of fear -- for themselves, their families and their communities.
Watson’s first value is accountability to others. We are against discrimination of any kind. To our Asian Community Watson Fellows: we stand with you, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that your fellowship experience is safe and empowering.
We all have a role to play -- by reaching out to friends and neighbors to understand their experiences; speaking with peers about ways to address anti-Asian racism; learning about the history of anti-Asian racism through books, articles, and resources that challenge bias; and promoting understanding, advocacy, leadership and self-care. We have provided resources below.
Asian American & Pacific Islander Mental Health Resources
How to support the AAPI community in a time of hate and violence: A Resource List
With solidarity, respect and commitment to all of our communities.
Executive Director, Watson
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