In light of the tragic and senseless shooting in Georgia last night that took the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian, ING stands with the Asian community in condemning the continuous and increasing violence against Asian Americans over the last year. While the details and motives of the shootings are still being investigated, this incident reflects the broader problem of increasing violence against Asian Americans nationwide. According to recent data, hate incidents against Asian Americans rose by nearly 150% in 2020. A recent report by Stop AAPI Hate documented nearly 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents over the last year, most of which targeted women. This rise in hate crimes since the start of COVID19 last year is directly connected to hateful rhetoric by political leaders using the pandemic to capitalize on their racist bigotry. We call on all communities to stand together against anti-Asian racism and hate and all racism and hate that has too long targeted our communities.

As Muslim Americans and people of color, we know too well the pain and fears of Asian communities at this time. We stand with you in calling on both law enforcement to ensure that justice is served, and public officials and other civic and community leaders to issue public condemnations of such violence, and for both to send a clear message that these acts of hate and violence will not be tolerated in our communities.

A year ago at the start of the pandemic when it became clear that anti-Asian hate and violence was becoming a problem, we convened two panels with the CAA to hear from them directly about what Asians were experiencing, and to support them in their recommendations for a community response to hate violence towards Asian Americans. You can view the webinars here.