We, The Indian American Community Services - IACS (formerly IAWW) strongly condemns the horrific shootings in the Atlanta, GA area, killing eight people, six being women of Asian descent. AAPIs across the nation continue to remain shocked, struggling with the fear and anxiety from such senseless violence. We stand in solidarity with all Asian American, Pacific Islander and BIPOC communities.
The Stop AAPI Hate coalition reported over 3,700 hate incidents between March 2020 and February 2021 and this does not include the innumerable incidents that go unreported as many AAPIs and members of the BIPOC communities retreat into anonymity and silence when bullied or reeling from such hate-filled acts.
We must acknowledge the structural violence, misogyny, racism, classism, and white supremacy in the senseless violence that continues to strike at the soul of our nation. Anti-Asian racism is not new to the United States rather the year 2020 with the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism have exposed what has been eroding our nation's communities for centuries.
Yet, our work is not done by simply stating the above, rather this is the time for us to take responsibility for change in our city, county, state and nation, in the conversations both at decision-making tables and at home, to call out the ridiculing and stereotyping of BIPOC, AAPI communities, invest time on conversations and calls to action on divesting and investing into community bridge building efforts, get involved in civic work to ensure we elect leaders who represent us and whose values and vision align to ensure the thriving of all communities.
We hope that every member of our community recognizes and does not forget the fear, pain and outrage rightly provoked by such senseless killing. As in the summer of 2020, we once again commit to looking inward to address our own biases around race, religion, caste, class, and color while working towards much needed change in addressing structural racism, classism and misogyny.