A Statement On Recent AAPI Hate Crimes & Violence – March 18, 2021
Dear Country Day Community,
In recent weeks, we have seen increasingly frequent hate crimes and violence targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, including this week’s mass shooting event in Georgia, multiple reports of brutal beatings of elderly Asian Americans in the Bay Area, and incidents right here in Sacramento, where 20% of the population identifies as a member of the AAPI community. Many of our AAPI families and students may be feeling anxiety, sadness, and anger.
Country Day strives to create a safe, supportive environment that recognizes our individual diversity as our collective strength. We are steadfast in our commitment to creating a more inclusive school community. We will not tolerate any hate towards our AAPI students, families, or employees.
In early 2020, Country Day’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Alliance (IDEA) committee recognized the increasing xenophobia surrounding the pandemic and the toll it takes on our AAPI and international students. As part of our all-school summer read, IDEA provided several resources to our faculty and staff to advance support for students of Asian descent.
Those resources include:
- Coronavirus Racism Infected My High School, NY Times
- Talking to Kids about Xenophobia, National Geographic
- Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19, Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine
The Matthews Library also has created a brand-new padlet with recommended AAPI reading to help our students expand their understanding of the diverse AAPI experience.
I hope that our families and friends find these resources helpful for engaging in meaningful discussions about racism and xenophobia and I call on our community to stand together against this kind of hatred.
Together, we can make a difference in our community and in our world.