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Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services
Teachers College, Columbia University
Dean Hope Center Response to the Atlanta Shootings
We, the Dean Hope Center, are deeply saddened and horrified by the massage parlor shootings that took place in the Atlanta-area. Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, and Elcias R Hernández-Ortiz. These are the names of the nine victims. We say their names to amplify their visibility and uplift their importance. Six out of the eight victims who violently and abruptly lost their lives were Asian women. This hate crime is an addition to the series of nationwide racism, violence, and xenophobia that has been directed towards the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community (AAPI).
According to the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 149% in 16 of America’s largest cities during 2020. Many hate crimes are not reported due to language barriers and distrust of the government and law enforcement. Anti-Asian hate crimes, laws/policies, and sentiments are not new. Historically, the Asian community has been heavily discriminated against and treated unfairly in a multitude of ways. However, as a result of the perpetuated negative Asian stereotypes in relation to the pandemic and President Trump’s racist rhetoric, the CSUSB first saw a significant spike in anti-Asian hate crimes in March and April 2020. We acknowledge that these events have taken an unmeasurable physical, emotional, and mental toll on the AAPI community. Therefore, now more than ever, the AAPI community needs our allyship and support. We want to ensure we do our part to serve and protect our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students and clients. We extend our condolences to the victims of any anti-Asian violence and we send our love to those who have lost someone due to these senseless acts. The Dean Hope Center stands in solidarity with the AAPI community and condemns systemic racism in all its forms.
To echo the TC President, Thomas Bailey, we are committed to building a community that is inclusive, diverse, and safe for all its members. Anti-Asian sentiments and actions are part of our history but they do not have to be our future. Through constant education, awareness, and allyship, we can create a better tomorrow.