#StopAsianHate Toolkit Day of Action. Day of Healing.
Day of Action. Day of Healing.
Be sure to Use the official hashtag: #StopAsianHate
The following toolkit is to serve as a reference for individuals, organizations and allied groups to #StopAsianHate. This initiative was first started by Congresswoman Grace Meng and California Assemblymember Evan Low. The continued violence and racism against Asian Americans have reached their highest levels in our lifetime and must STOP. Out of crisis comes opportunity to rally together, stand in solidarity, and demand action.
To Participate in our Day of Action:
- Save the Date for March 26th.
- Post on Social Media using the hashtag #StopAsianHate.
- Don’t know what to say? Sample tweets can be found in our messaging section and more guidelines on what to say can be found in our Themes and Asian American Sensitive Approaches section.
- Facts and information about Asian American history and current context can be found here.
- Add an Image. Using images can help your tweet get more traction and will help spread our message. Graphics can be found here.
- Uplift and Educate your friends and followers by sharing articles about anti-Asian racism. See our reading list here.
- Take Action. Check out the Actions You Can Take section or for a more detailed list, refer to this Action Page to #StopAsianHate after the day of action.
Why March 26?
On March 26, 1790, the Naturalization Act was signed into law, prohibiting non-white people from becoming citizens of the United States. Over 200 years later, Asians in the U.S. are still suffering from the effects of the racism our country was founded upon. Asian elders are being physically assaulted in the streets. Asian American children are afraid to go back to school. We are still grieving the murders of 6 Asian women in a racially-motivated killing spree in Atlanta last week.
That’s why, on March 26, we’re inviting you to join us for a social media campaign to #StopAsianHate. Ending this horrific spike in anti-Asian violence starts with people like you speaking up about this growing problem. Start by posting your message of support for Asian American communities using the hashtag #StopAsianHate on Friday, March 26. If we all join together and raise our voices against anti-Asian racism, we can keep our communities safe.
Friday, March 26 – #StopAsianHate
March 26th is #StopAsianHate
General Sample Tweets
- Today, I mourn the victims of anti-Asian violence. I’m committed to doing what I can to #StopAsianHate. Find a vigil near you and pledge to end the racism, sexism, and white supremacy that’s targeting Asian Americans: bit.ly/AALeadersResources
- The horrific shooting in Georgia is just the latest example of the rising tide of violence that Asian Americans have experienced throughout the pandemic. Let’s #StopAsianHate and take action together: bit.ly/asianresources
- Last week’s killings in Georgia were a wake-up call for so many to the reality that Asian Americans have been facing for the past year. White supremacy ends lives and we must all fight to end it #StopAsianHate
- We all can play a role in stopping the spread of anti-Asian violence. #Solidarity is greater than white supremacy #StopAsianHate
- #AsianAmericans are facing verbal assaults, physical attacks, and threats to their lives. Our most vulnerable people are being targeted: elders in precarious living situations, workers in low-wage jobs and women. It’s time to #StopAsianHate
- #AsianAmericans should not live in fear of discrimination, racism, and violence. Let’s stand together against bigotry and #StopAsianHate
- #AsianAmericans should not live in fear of facing discrimination, racism, or violence! We must denounce violence against the Asian American community. We must work together to #StopAsianHate
- Reports of anti-Asian violence have increased by 150% in major U.S. cities over the past year. We must work together to #StopAsianHate https://www.cbsnews.com/news/asian-american-hate-crimes-up-150-percent-us/
- #AsianAmericans kids are being bullied, people are being spat on, threatened, and killed. Enough is enough. It’s time to #StopAsianHate
- Asian American workers have faced the highest rate of long-term unemployment during COVID. They’ve also faced racist slurs and violence at work. We need #solidarity not white supremacy #StopAsianHate https://www.marketplace.org/2021/03/16/asian-americans-disproportionately-hit-long-term-unemployment-study
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Messaging Guidelines for Coalition to #StopAsianHate
Topline Themes and Informed Approaches
Listen to local groups and the most impacted communities first. Continue to amplify the harms that Asian Americans are facing, but don’t override or silence their voices by pushing an agenda that doesn’t align with what the community needs. Let’s build a chorus of solidarity and ensure the Asian American community receives the support it needs to fight anti-Asian racism.
- This is a critical time. The tragic killings in Atlanta come after a year of increased violence against the Asian American community, fueled by racism and xenophobia. It is clear this incident happened against the backdrop of being targeted by Trump and by continued rhetoric from all sides against China ― there has been a throughline of racism and treating Asian Americans as disposable.
- There is a lot of grief, pain, and anger in the Asian American community. After enduring a year of increased discrimination and attacks that disproportionately targeted Asian elders and Asian women, Asian Americans are hurting and mourning. For far too long, violence against Asian women especially has been overlooked, minimized, and even erased.
- From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II to the brutal murder of the Vincent Chin to the violence against Muslims and Sikhs after 9/11, the current wave of anti-Asian racism is a continuation of racist and imperialist violence against Asians the US.
- Let’s take a hard and honest look at what happened in Atlanta. We must call out the sexism and misogyny that led Asian American women to be targeted. We must call out the white supremacy that shaped mainstream media’s coverage and refusal to call the shootings an act of racism. We must call out the “perpetual foreigner” myth that treats Asian Americans as disposable and outsiders undeserving of empathy. This needs to change.
- The “model minority” myth increases harm against Asian Americans. It is used to divide Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities from each other and from other communities of color. Pretending that Asian Americans are obedient, that they’re overly successful, or that their “cultural values” are superior, only silences the reality of anti-Asian racism even more. The cost of buying into model minority myths is continued imperialism, and even greater wealth gaps. When Asian Americans behave out of line with the model minority myth, they face harsh punishment in school-to-prison pipelines, in racism and increased marginalization, and in sexist violence that results in death.
- There is a long history of objectifying Asian and Asian American women. It is vital to take a gendered lens into account since Asian American women are being targeted nearly two times the rate of Asian American men. Buying into white supremacist “good stereotypes” about Asian women as sex objects only increases the likelihood that they will be treated as disposable and as the focus of aggression.
- The AAPI community is often distrustful of law enforcement because of experiences with police brutality. Many communities and impacted families are not looking for prosecution, but rather healing and true community safety. Public safety should not be equated with law enforcement.
- Data on the extent of hate crimes and incidents directed at Asian American communities is still incomplete. We must support data disaggregation and advance a more complete understanding of our diverse communities
Actions you can take:
Need a more detailed list? Refer to this Action Page to #StopAsianHate
- Invest time and energy to support existing AAPI based social justice organizations and initiatives such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Stop AAPI Hate, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), AAPI Force, and AAPI Women Lead. Learn about and get involved in local efforts by signing this collective community statement or sharing resources you can offer to the victims and their families.
- Donate to the victims of the violent acts and their families and provide financial support to campaigns for Asian American communities. Check out New York Magazine’s 61 Ways to Donate in Support of Asian Communities to: challenge misinformation campaigns, expand documentation of anti-Asian violence, provide medical relief & social services to Asian American families targeted in hate crimes, and advance policies & legislation that enforce greater protections for people of color.
- Build your skills by taking Harassment Intervention Trainings for bystanders and those experiencing harassment. Learn more and read about the roots of anti-Asian violence.
- Diversify your sources by interviewing & quoting Asian American experts. The Asian American Journalists Association’s speakers bureau at AAJAStudio.org features Asian Americans with expertise in equal rights, hate crimes, AAPI history, racial justice and community-building work, racial profiling and discrimination.
- Encourage federal, state, and local partners as well as faith and CEOs to take actions to #StopAsianHate
- Urge Congress to pass Congresswoman Grace Meng’s COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and Congressman Don Beyer’s Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act.
- Urge the Department of Justice Community Relations Service to work closely with civil rights coalition partners to boost outreach, coordinate engagement, and introduce new partners to condemn domestic terrorism and bigotory.
- Urge CEOs business leaders to condemn anti-Asian racism in the workplace and share corporate statement of values and solidarity with the Asian American community and pledge corporate giving to AAPI-led community organizations to address long-term needs.
- Urge elected officials to build out local Asian American Advisory Councils from business leaders, frontline workers, community leaders, and youth activists and have trusted messengers share violence prevention hotlines.
- Conduct Know Your Rights training and measure racism and racist attitudes towards Asian Americans in order to decrease anti-Asian racism and increase accountability for racist actions.
As the entire country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American community is also facing an alarming rise in anti-Asian violence, racism, and discrimination.
- In 2020, nearly 1 in 3 Asian Americans reported experiencing racial slurs or jokes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Stop AAPI Hate documented almost 3,800 incidents against the Asian American community since March 2020, ranging from violent attacks to verbal harassment.
- There was a 1900% increase in violence against Asian Americans in 2020 and there has been a 150% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in America’s major cities.
Asian Americans are the target of violent assault, traumatic verbal harassment, and often-overlooked discrimination that aims to devalue their dignity and their place in society. Such racism is the result of white supremacy and creates an unacceptable environment of fear and terror.
- Eight people were killed, six of whom were Asian women, and were targeted in a series of mass shootings that occurred at three spas or massage parlors in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, GA on March 16, 2021
- An 84-year-old Thai man, Vicha Ratanapakdee, was brutally assaulted and shoved to the ground by his assailant in San Francisco on January 28, 2021. He died from his injuries two days later.
- A 75-year-old Asian American man, Pak Ho, was attacked, shoved to the ground, and robbed in Oakland, CA on March 9, 2021. The victim was left brain dead and died from his injuries 2 days later.
- An 89-year old woman was slapped in the face and lit on fire while outside her home in New York City
- A man was slashed across the face with a box cutter, requiring 100 stitches, while riding a New York City subway train.
- A couple found a note pinned to their door that read: “We’re watching you f—— c—– take the chinese virus back to china. We don’t want you hear [sic] infecting us with your diseases!!!!!!!!!! – Your friendly neighborhood.”
These events did not occur in a vacuum. America has a long history of vilifying minorities, including targeting the Asian American community, and using federal law to enable this discrimination and violence.
- In 1871, seventeen Chinese immigrants were lynched by a mob of 500 in Los Angeles. In 1885, a mob of five hundred armed white men forcibly expelled 700 Chinese residents from Tacoma, WA, and a few months later, a mob of 1500 gathered to force all Chinese residents out of Seattle.
- The 1875 Page Act was one of the earliest pieces of federal legislation to restrict immigration, designed to prohibit immigrants deemed ‘undesirable’—defined as Chinese “coolie” laborers and prostitutes—from entering the U.S. In practice, it was used as a way to prevent Chinese women from migrating to the United States and subjected them to invasive and humiliating interrogations by U.S. immigration officials.
- In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first federal law to bar an entire group of people from immigrating purely based on race. By the 1930s, Japanese, Korean, South Asians, and Filipinos were also barred from entering the country and from becoming naturalized citizens.
- In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 to incarcerate 120,000 Japanese Americans and forcibly remove them from their homes.
- Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man in Detroit, was beaten to death in 1982 because his attackers, who were auto factory workers, thought he was Japanese and blamed him as a symbol for the decline of the U.S. auto industry
- On September 15, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh gas station owner in Arizona, was murdered by a man who blamed him for 9/11.
- Just recently, on March 15th, 2021, 33 Vietnamese refugees were deported. The prison-to-deportation pipeline is another form of anti-Asian racism which harms Asian American communities. Policies which justify deportation based on histories of incarceration are another way the United States justifies and legalizes anti-Asian violence.
The current rise in anti-Asian racism is not just limited to random acts of violence and discrimination. It reflects current geopolitical tensions and the use of anti-Asian rhetoric by major political leaders—rhetoric that is putting a target on the backs of Asian Americans.
- Former President Trump repeatedly referred to COVID-19 at rallies, press conferences, and on social media as the “Kung Flu” or the “China virus.”
- Research suggests that former President Trump, who’s racist or stigmatizing tweets were retweeted 1,213,700 times and liked 4,276,200 times, was the greatest spreader among politicians of anti-Asian American rhetoric related to the pandemic.
- In March 2020, Senator John Cornyn said, “China is to blame … because the culture where people eat bats and snakes and dogs and things like that” and later incorrectly accused China as the source of the MERS and the Swine Flu outbreaks.
- A Scottsdale Councilmember spread disinformation through Facebook posts, “COVID literally stands for ‘Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease’ and the number 19 is due to this being the 19th virus to come out of China.”
- One hate incident reported the attacker saying, “I agree with Trump. F–k China! … It’s because of you, the Chinese, that we have to wear a mask.”
This violence and discrimination exacerbates the loss and trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic—even as the community plays a significant role on the frontlines of fighting the disease.
- More than 1.4 million Asian American healthcare workers make up 8.5% of all essential healthcare workers.
- 2 million essential workers are Asian American and many frontline workers are Asian American—accounting for more than 20% of physicians, 9.8% of therapists, 9.8% of registered nurses, and 7.7% of healthcare technologists and technicians.
- Filipino nurses make up only 4% of the nursing population of the United States, yet they comprise nearly one-third of nurses who have died due to COVID-19.
- Asian American unemployment increased over 450% from February 2020 to June 2020.
- There are more than 20 million Asian Americans in the United States. Two million Asian American–owned small businesses generate $700 billion in annual GDP and employ around 3.5 million people, but 75% of these businesses do not have access to COVID-19 relief.
Asian Americans continue to grapple with longstanding stereotypes as “perpetual foreigners” and the “model minority.” Both stereotypes result in the disenfranchisement and demonization of vulnerable populations across diverse communities.
- Asian Americans have the highest intra-group income inequality in the United States. The top 10% of earners in Asian American community had 10.7 times the income of the bottom 10% compared to the national average of 8.7%.
- Since 1980, 55% of refugees have come from Asia, compared to 28% from Europe, 13% from Africa, and 4% from Latin America.
- Southeast Asian Americans are the largest refugee population in the United States, with more than 1.1 million Southeast Asians moving to the U.S. over three decades. Of this 1.1 million, 460,000 are living in poverty.
Words and history matter.