FCA’s Statement on Hate Crimes Directed at the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community
In response to growing bias, bigotry and violence nationwide, FCA stands squarely in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
Rampant xenophobic language related to the origins of COVID-19 appears to be fueling discrimination and hate crimes against Asian Americans, which were already a significant concern due to longstanding bias and structural racism. The intersection of gender and race puts Asian women at particular risk, as demonstrated by Tuesday’s murders in Atlanta.
Data released this week by Stop AAPI Hate documented nearly 3,800 firsthand reports of violence, discrimination and harassment against Asian Americans since March of last year, including more than 500 incidents in just the first two months of 2021. As startling as the numbers are, we recognize that most hate crimes go unreported and victims – who are disproportionately female - often suffer in silence and isolation. Racism and xenophobia—in action, in language and in public discourse—is dangerous and unacceptable.
The most recent tragic shootings are also a stark reminder that gun violence remains a public health crisis in our country, killing more than 30,000 Americans each year. FCA supports common-sense reforms to prevent further injuries and deaths.
As we both mourn and mobilize, FCA understands that we do not have all of the answers or solutions, but as an agency, we will continue to listen, support and serve all who may be affected. We stand with you and against hatred in all its forms.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds, President/CEO, FCA