As many of us are aware, there has been an increase in Asian-American hate crimes, sparked by fallacies regarding COVID-19. Asian-Americans are being targeted, attacked, and faced with violence, and all of this is unwarranted. One thing we must recognize is that this is not a new phenomenon. Throughout American history, there has been discrimination and hatred towards Asian-Americans founded in racist ideologies. Some policies include the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the Page Law of 1875, the Immigration Act of 1924, and The Hart-Cellar Act of 1965(Sourced from @impact on Instagram). With this, we can see the continuation of racism towards Asian-Americans which has never genuinely ended. Therefore, in this piece, I am going to be telling you ways you can be an ally to the Asian-American community and providing you with resources where you can take action.
Being an ally to the Asian-American community means aligning yourself with their community and putting yourself in their shoes. You want to show the community that you are there for them in this fight against racial injustice. Being an ally means using your privilege in society to help this community further its goal. Furthermore, it is important to demonstrate your ally-ship to this marginalized community because they are currently being supremely targeted and need our help. How can we be an ally?
Donate to victim memorial funds, community-restoration organizations, community-enrichment organizations, policy reform and social justice organizations, and to LBGTQ and gender-based organizations.
Links for these can be found here:
Do not feel bad if you cannot donate! There are many other ways you can help.
Spread awareness via social media, accounts like @stopasianhate have a plethora of information you can share.
Further educate yourself on both current events and historical events regarding Asian-American discrimination. Here's a great site: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/~rle/History.html
Show your Asian-American friends and acquaintances that you are there for them, demonstrate your ally-ship. Ask if they need any help with anything going on in their lives or just be there if they need to talk and release stress.
If you witness an act of racism, take action to help the victim get away from the situation and stay safe.
If you hear friends or even random people saying racist things about Asian-Americans, tell them to stop and educate them on why what they are saying is wrong.
Attend any protests(if you feel comfortable).
As I mentioned in ways to be an ally, one very important way this can be done is through staying educated and having access to resources where you can help.
Here are some links:
https://linktr.ee/stopasianhateresources- this Linktree is from the @stopasianhate IG account and has resources to donate, support, and access resources
https://www.change.org/search?q=asian%20americans Petitions to sign. They only take a few seconds to sign and are a really good way to take action
Report hate crimes: https://stopaapihate.org/
https://news.airbnb.com/resources-for-allyship-and-fighting-anti-asian-discrimination/ This site has a plethora of resources such as great articles, videos, and petitions.
Right now is a very important time to demonstrate that you are an ally to the Asian-American community. This does not mean just stating that you stand in solidarity with the victims of hate crimes. This means using your voice and privilege to do something, whether it be sharing Instagram posts, donating, signing petitions, or more. In this piece, I left many links to where you can do these things, and feel free to email me if you want more resources or need help understanding something. To any Asian-Americans reading this right now, just know that you have so many people supporting you and standing with you. Also, feel free to email me if you need someone to talk to or anything. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, wear a mask, social distance, and get vaccinated!!