Racially motivated harassment of Asian Americans is a longstanding issue in the U.S., but in the year since COVID-19 entered the country, incidents have been on the rise.
Amanda Nguyen, CEO and founder of Rise, said she is still waiting for elected officials to take more explicit, concrete action to address anti-Asian hate. “When you ‘other’ a group of people, there is a higher chance of violence towards that group of people,” Nguyen said.
To help combat the problem, Nguyen said the most powerful tool we all have is our voice. “Even if structural places have locked us out, we have platforms now, in the 21st century, to make our voices heard. So please speak up”
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