Statement on the Racial Violence in Atlanta
Since the start of the pandemic, Asians have seen a rise in bullying, harassment, and hate crimes, often targeted toward the most vulnerable members of the community. The latest deadly hate crime in Atlanta is yet another culmination of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny. Asian women have been targeted more than twice as often as Asian men, and community elders have been subject to violent attacks. Law enforcement and media have too often been hesitant to label these incidents for what they are: hate crimes. The “model minority myth” paints Asians as a monolith, both obscuring reality and silencing Asian grief and rage. Asians are the most economically divided group in the United States. 1 in 6 undocumented people in the United States are Asian. Asians in the United States also have the lowest use rates of mental health services among all racial/ethnic groups. Depth Counseling is committed to addressing racial disparities by prioritizing hiring BIPOC clinicians, recognizing white supremacy in all forms, and dismantling oppressive practices and systems within our field and community. We stand in solidarity with the Asian community and remain steadfast in denouncing all forms of white supremacy.
To learn more about this racial violence: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/podcasts/the-daily/asian-american-hate-crime-atlanta-shooting.html