Dear Olin community,
The recent killings of eight people near Atlanta, seven of them women and six of them Asian women, should shock us all. While the shootings have not yet been classified as a hate crime, we do know that this violence comes amidst a sharp rise in incidents of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and people of Asian descent in the U.S. over the past year.
Police departments in many major cities report that hate-fueled attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are increasing—in some cases doubling. According to Stop AAPI Hate, there were nearly 3,800 incidents of discrimination last year against Asian Americans—most of them women.
As Stephanie Milton, director of Diversity & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator, pointed out in her newsletter this past Wednesday, these increasingly common acts of violence are not new. Like many marginalized groups, Asian Americans have suffered for decades under discriminatory laws and negative stereotypes. Most recently, they have been blamed for the COVID-19 pandemic.
These attacks on Asian women are a sad reminder that racially motivated hatred and misogyny are entrenched in our history, and the work to end them continues.
At Olin, I believe our call to “do good in the world” includes standing up to bias, discrimination and acts of hate in any form. I hope you will join me in this work.