Racism and discrimination have no place in our world.

We are deeply saddened by the recent rise in attacks and murder of Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander people. Just since the pandemic began, more than 3,000 anti-Asian “hate incidents” have been reported in the U.S., according to the group Stop AAPI Hate.

Then, last week, we were again witness to a tragic mass murder in Atlanta. We mourn with the friends and families of those hurt and lost. During this period of grief our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones.

We say their names: 

Soon Chung Park
Hyun Jung Grant
Sun Cha Kim
Yong Ae Yue
Xiaojie Tan
Daoyou Feng 
Delaina Ashley Yaun 
Paul Andre Michels

To our Asian families, colleagues, friends, educators, and students — we see you, we value you, and we stand with you. 

As educators, we know none of us can thrive while some of us live in fear. We urge all members of our community to stand up and speak out against acts of racism inside and outside of our communities, and to teach our children to celebrate diversity and always address injustice.

Each of us can play a part in building a more just society. Please check in with our Asian, Asian- American and Pacific Islander families and educators by letting them know we support and value them.  

Below, I’ve collected some resources to help families navigate these recent events with their children to help build a more inclusive school community.

https://facingtoday.facinghistory.org/george-takei-on-standing-up-to-racism-then-and-now

Learning about Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities’ invaluable contributions to the United States and how their multifaceted and diverse heritage enriches the fabric of this nation, such as the women’s suffrage movement and the civil rights movement. 

Learning about the history of anti-Asian hate in the United States, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the invasion of the Philippines.

Making public statements and signing petitions. Raising an outcry against hatred and violence matters. 

Calling legislators and asking how they are specifically supporting AAPI communities.

Reporting racist attacks.

Signing up for (no-cost) Bystander Intervention Training. 

Celebrate Asian Pacific Americans’ history, culture, and achievements.

SOUTH LOOP STRONG -LION PRIDE

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