Over the last year, racist acts - including violent hate crimes - against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have grown significantly. Unfortunately, the shootings that took place in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 16 were the culmination of rising anti-Asian sentiment that is historically rooted, and that has flourished as a result of the pandemic. Stop AAPI Hate has reported 3,795 incidents between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021 -- 96 of those here in Massachusetts.
The MA Department of Mental Health stands in solidarity with the Asian community in the fight against racism, prejudice, and hate. We condemn the horrific acts that took place in Atlanta as well as the many incidents that led up to them.
If you want to learn more about the history of Asians in America, and suggestions for how you can educate yourself, and be a pro-active ally, please check out the resources below.