The killing of eight people in Atlanta Tuesday, which included six Asian women who worked at massage parlors, has come amid growing discrimination and violence against the Asian community across the country since the pandemic began a year ago.
While official FBI data documenting hate crimes from 2020 will not be released until November, a number of advocacy groups have recorded a sharp increase in incidents over the last 12 months.
The California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism said that hate crimes against Asians was up by 150% across major U.S. cities, while the Stop AAPI Hate group, which represents Asian-American and Pacific people, recorded nearly 4,000 hate crime reports on its hate tracker. The group said the figure represents just a fraction of the incidents that occurred throughout the country.
The report also shows that Texas, Florida and Georgia were among the 18 states with the most hate crimes recorded.
A statement from Stop AAPI Hate said the community had been “reeling from high levels of racist attacks over the course of the past year” and that the latest killings “will only exacerbate the fear and pain that the Asian American community continues to endure.”
If you live in the South and want to report a hate crime incident or you require help, there are a number of groups that can help:
AshaKiran was started to help foreign-born individuals experiencing crises, such as human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence throughout the state of Alabama.
Raksha is a Georgia-based nonprofit with a mission to promote a stronger and healthier South Asian community through confidential support services, education, and advocacy. Raksha works towards healing, empowerment, and justice for survivors of violence.
Korean American Coalition Metro Atlanta (KAC Metro Atlanta) is a non-profit, non-partisan community advocacy organization dedicated to service for the enhancement and benefit of the Korean-American community in Georgia. The group’s mission is to educate and empower the Korean-American community in order to encourage participation in civic affairs and to create partnerships among community members.
Center for Pan-Asian Community Services is a private nonprofit. It’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency and equity for immigrants, refugees, and the underprivileged through comprehensive health and social services, capacity building, and advocacy.
Asian-American Resource Center. It’s primary programs is its Civics Class and Rapid Re-Housing Programs. These programs give the struggling the help they need, creating a better society. They also engage in countless other forms of help every year, like a toy drive, or blanket donation, or just giving out a helping hand.
Kiran aims to illuminate, guide and instill hope in the lives of South Asian domestic violence victims all across North Carolina. The non-profit serves and empowers individuals with backgrounds from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to supporting equity and justice for all by fostering community among Asian Americans and allies in North Carolina through civic engagement, leadership development, grassroots mobilization and political participation.
Gulf Coast, Houston and Atlanta.
Boat People SOS is nonprofit organization devoted to Vietnamese-American civic and political activism.
The Asia Society is an excellent resource for Asians living in Texas. and is working with the Houston Coalition Against Hate to address the killings in Atlanta.
Houston Coalition Against Hate is a network of community-based organizations, institutions, and leaders who come together to reduce hate and encourage belonging.
South Asian Americans Leading Together: www.saalt.org
Asian Americans Advancing Justice: www.advancingjustice-aajc.org
Chinese for Affirmative Action: www.caasf.org
Stop AAPI hate: www.stopaapihate.org
Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council: www.asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org