WASHINGTON, DC –– Following the news of this week’s horrific shootings in Atlanta targeting Asian Americans and amid a disturbing nationwide rise in reported hate incidents directed against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, DC Charter School Alliance Founding Executive Director Shannon Hodge released the following statement:
“We mourn with students and the larger AAPI community in DC for the victims of the horrific killings in Atlanta earlier this week. While everyone has struggled to endure the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAPI community has had to endure a second pandemic of racism leaving them fearful and vulnerable to go out in public. While racist attacks against the AAPI community didn’t begin with the public health crisis, multiple reports nationwide are showing a disturbing trend of increased verbal harassment and physical assaults over the last year.
“Racism in any form against AAPI Americans is unacceptable. DC is home to a vibrant, diverse AAPI community, and it’s incumbent upon us all to call out this often overlooked injustice. We condemn not only the recent attacks and rise in hate incidents against the AAPI community, but the pervasive discrimination and stereotyping that has harmed Asian Americans for centuries in our country.
“It’s incumbent upon us all to ensure that AAPI students are getting the education they deserve to ensure every community in our city thrives. We will continue to support the AAPI community as we work together to build a more equitable and inclusive DC.”