Human Rights Campaign Statement in Support of Asian-American Community

by Alphonso David

In response to the rising tide of violence against the Asian-American community and Tuesday’s horrific incident of white supremacist violence that took eight lives, six of whom were Asian American women, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:

As a result of a full year of attacks from the Oval Office during Trump’s administration, the Asian-American community has been experiencing discrimination, physical assault and verbal harassment at historically high rates. For Asian and Pacific Islander communities who hold multiple marginalized identities, discrimination and its consequences can be even more severe. We cannot ignore the misogyny of the attacks in Georgia, and other attacks we have seen across this nation. We cannot ignore the deadly homophobia, biphobia and transphobia too many AAPI people face. We also cannot ignore that AAPI immigrants’ safety and inclusion remain under constant attack in this country. For AAPI people living at the intersections, they are facing a multi-fronted battle to live their lives openly and safely.

We cannot and should not be silent or stand by. It bears repeating: Centering anti-racism and the defeat of white supremacy is the only way we will achieve full equality for marginalized people.”

Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President

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