NOTE: This is a personal post from CRSU social media manager Leigh Ann Chow:
As a white woman I will never truly be able to appreciate the impact of racially motivated harassment or violence. But as the spouse of an Asian partner and the mother of two biracial children this issue has become all too real to me over the past 16 months as I have watched, horrified, as incidents of violence against Anti Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) nearly doubled.
This figure includes not only the highly publicized shootings in Atlanta, but also thousands of individual acts of harassment and violence, like the 83-year-old Asian grandmother who was spit on and punched in the face in Westchester, New York.
These attacks are, of course, the product of a culture of violence, misogyny and hatred against Asian American people that has only grown over the past year based on the misguided premise that COVID-19 is the fault of a single country. According to a Pew Research survey 31% of Asian Americans have fallen victim to racial slurs or racial jokes since the beginning of the Pandemic.
Too many Americans wish to unleash their misguided fury against fellow Americans under the guise of a “Kung/Wuhan Flu,” a phrase originated at the start of the pandemic by Donald Trump and echoed by his sycophantic followers like our very own Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10) who just tonight, along with 64 of his House GOP colleagues, voted against the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, legislation introduced by Sen. Maizie Hirono (D-HI) that passed the Senate last month 94-1. Only Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) voted against it.
Tell Scott Perry that it’s not OK to condone violence against our AAPI friends & neighbors -- including my husband and children. PA-10 deserves a Member of Congress who will fight for the safety and dignity of all his constituents.
Please join me and Capital Region Stands Up in working to vote out elected officials like Scott Perry who are complicit in this injustice and to elect individuals who stand for the dignity and inclusion of all Americans.