March 17, 2021
Increasingly, we are seeing acts of violence and hate against our Asian American and Pacific Islander community members. The March 16, 2021 violent attacks in Atlanta left six Asian American women dead. That our citizens are experiencing fear and hate in the very places they should feel safest– at their work, their homes, or their places of worship — is heartbreaking.
For any and all among our school team, our Academy for Precision Learning (APL) families, and wider community who are grappling with these incidents, please know that I – and my administrative team – stand with you and seek to support however we can.
A report shared by Stop AAPI Hate documented 3,795 racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans from March 2020 to February 2021. 68% of those attacked are women, while 29% are men. The incident in Atlanta on March 16 has its own context, but is part of a broader issue of violence against AAPI citizens. In the year since the pandemic began, this increase in attacks and messages of hate speech illustrate the impact of racist rhetoric adjacent to our global experience of COVID-19.
If you are interested to learn more about this issue, please check out the links below. And, if others have resources to share, please do.
Kelly Meyer (she/her)