#StopAsianHate Australia campaign seeks to end racism against Asians and Asiatic Australians
When the news broke in March of this year that a a white gunman murdered eight in an Atlanta shooting, with six of the victims identified as Asian women, the world has come together in collective mourning. The news was tragic and only served to highlight what has been a year of escalating violent racist attacks against Asians around the world. In the United States, countless incidents have been documented describing discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, while even on our soil it appears the Asian community continues to face racism, a number of verbal and physical attacks having increased since the start of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Following the rise of racism linked to Covid-19 in Australia, the Asian Australian Alliance (AAA) and GoFundMe have teamed up to create the #StopAsianHate Australia campaign, an initiative that calls for an end to the silent pandemic of racism directed against Asians and Asians. Australians.
The campaign’s launch comes after new data from the AAA reveals 540 incidents of COVID racism have been reported since the lockdowns began in 2020, but many believe the true scale of the problem is much greater with nearly 90% of these incidents go unreported. to the authorities. The report found that racism is a regular daily occurrence in Australia, with 37% of them reporting having experienced racism on a public street, sidewalk or at the supermarket. Of the incidents reported, 22% said the perpetrator made racist remarks as a joke, while 16% cited verbal threats, 13% were spat and / or sneezed, and 12% were bullied physical.
Accordingly, the AAA urgently calls on Australians to report incidents of racism to reveal the full extent of the problem and for immediate action to eradicate racism through legal support, advocacy work. and campaign efforts to strengthen laws and protections against racism. Rémy Hii, star of Crazy Rich Asians, recently took to social media to express his solidarity and support for the movement. In an article, he wrote: “I saw the man crack his whip in front of the Chinese Embassy in Redfern. I saw the two girls from Marrickville get spit on them and tell them to eat bats. I saw the pregnant moth in the Perth doctor’s clinic telling her to go back to her own country – and I was so angry.
He added: “I was scared for my family and friends. I shared these stories because we can’t stop what we can’t see, and right now we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
Without a doubt, the responsibility to speak out against racism extends to all of us as a responsibility. To protect those who are so precious in this community, we must speak out against these incidents urgently. That’s why GoFundMe has launched a central hub for those looking for educational resources, to report racism or hate crimes, or to support the movement.
As AAA co-founder Erin Wen Ai Chew explains, “With the current wave of racist incidents stemming from Covid-19 and more recently the Indian Travel Ban, it is more important than ever that we expressed. on inequality and racism in Australia against Asian / Asian Australians. There is a lot of hate out there, and Asian / Asian Australians no longer feel safe in Australia, so it’s time to challenge this hate with education and awareness by speaking out loud.
Most importantly, “As Australians of Asian / Asian descent, it is important that we do not remain silent on issues relating to racism. We want all Asian / Asian Australians to know that your voice matters, that you matter and that you are not alone.
For more information and to support the cause, visit the website GoFundMe page here.