Ohio Leaders: Denounce Discrimination against Asian Communities


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take an increasing toll on our country, Asians in America have experienced alarming levels of harassment as well as physical attacks.

This is not the first time that marginalized communities—including people of Asian descent—have faced increasing harassment and violence in the face of a national emergency:

  • After a wave of immigration from China to California in the late 1800s, Asians in the U.S. were targeted using racist stereotypes that developed into policies and laws, such as the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which was not fully repealed until national quotas were eliminated in 1952.
  • During World War II, the U.S. government actively fabricated smears against Japanese people in the United States, including in filings before the Supreme Court, resulting in the mass incarceration of people of Japanese descent, including U.S. citizens, in internment camps.
  • Just days after September 11, Muslim, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities faced a spike of hate crimes, including some homicides; the numbers have never actually subsided and discriminatory policies followed.

With the rise of COVID-19, fear is once again driving racism and creating an environment rampant with acts of hate and violence in which many Asians in America are afraid to go out to seek basic necessities. It is the duty of public officials to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, income, or any other protected characteristic.

DENOUNCE THE SPREAD OF XENOPHIBIA AND RACISM! Tell Ohio officials to issue statements declaring that hate, racism, harassment, and discrimination against Asians in America are unacceptable.

The leadership of our elected officials will shape not only the impact of the moment itself, but also the ongoing impacts of racism in our communities.

Message Recipients:
Governor DeWine
Your State Senator
Your State Representative

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Dear Ohio officials,

I urge you to denounce the spread of xenophobia and racism against Asian Americans amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

In order to prevent the mistakes of the past, I urge your office to use the tools at its disposal and send a public message that attacks against Asian American communities are unacceptable, and that Asians are an integral part of U.S. communities.


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