The recent murder of eight people – including six Asian American women – in Atlanta, Georgia is not an isolated incident, but part of a growing pattern of violence against Asian Americans since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in March 2020.
According to a recent report from the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, while overall hate crimes dropped by 7% in 2020, anti-Asian hate crimes increased by an incredible 149%. More than 3,200 hate incidents were reported in 2020, as cited in the Stop AAPI Hate National Report.
Teaneck Public Library is committed to building community and bringing together diverse people, information, and ideas. We condemn these acts, and abhor this rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. Everyone deserves to feel safe and live without the threat of violence. We stand in solidarity with our Asian American communities in Teaneck and throughout Bergen County, and all who are committed to opposing this surge in xenophobia.
I urge our allies in Teaneck to stand with us in opposition to this hatred and intolerance, and join us in our work to foster civic engagement and create a more inclusive and equitable community.
Teaneck residents in search of additional information are encouraged to review the Asian Pacific American Librarians’ Association’s 2021 COVID-19 anti-xenophobia and anti-racist information resources and COVID-19 Anti-Asian Racism Resources for K-12.