Hate crimes Since early 2020, when all of us became aware of COVID-19, far more hate crimes have been committed against Americans and Pacific Islanders than in the past.
Although their hatred is aimed toward Chinese Americans, Asians of other backgrounds have also been blamed for COVID-19.
South Los Angeles Health Projects Heidi Kent, the executive director of South Los Angeles Health Projects, oversees our WIC program in addition to our Healthy Families America program. This is what she said:
“We stand in solidarity with CWA and others in condemning the anti-Asian hatred and violence occurring across our country this past year. We particularly send our sympathies to the families who lost loved ones in Georgia.”
California WIC Association CWA released this important statement:
“Anti-Asian racism and violent attacks on Asian elderly have only increased in recent months. Since COVID-19 became news in the United States, hate speech and violence against the AAPI community has run rampant.
“In February 2021, attacks, particularly on elderly Asian Americans, have spiked. Unfortunately, many of these incidents are not being reported and are invisible to major media outlets.
“We hope to change this by offering the following resources with our community. Please join us in taking action, whether it’s by educating yourself and others around you or donating to non-profit organizations.”
Los Angeles Times “Anti-Asian Hate Pandemic”