26 Mar Speaking out Against Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia
Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity Inc.
Speaking out Against Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia
March 26th, 2021
We, the brothers of Delta Epsilon Psi, are voicing our concerns regarding the treatment of Asian-Americans in the United States. This past year we have seen an alarming uptick of Anti-Asian racism and hate crimes targeting the community. As an organization of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) community, we have a responsibility to highlight the issues that face people of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American heritage. As an organization based in the United States with a membership that holds strong ties to cultural roots, we must use our voices to shed light on the issues. We stand in solidarity with those who have had to endure racial slurs, threats, assault, battery, and even death within our Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Community.
In the United States, in the year 2021 alone, we have seen:
January 28th, 2021, Visha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai man, was violently slammed to the ground by an attacker in San Francisco and died from the injuries two days later
February 3rd, 2021, Noel Quintana, a 61-year-old Filipino American man, was slashed in the face with a box cutter while riding the NYC subway requiring almost 100 stitches
February 16th, 2021, Denny Kim, a 27-year-old Asian American Air Force veteran, was beaten and threatened in Los Angeles.
March 9th, 2021, Nancy Toh, an 83-year-old Asian American grandmother, was spit on and punched in the face in New York
March 9th, 2021, a 75-year-old Asian American man, Pak Ho, was attacked, shoved to the ground, and robbed in Oakland, CA leaving him left brain dead; he died from the injuries two days later.
March 16th, 2021, shootings at three massage parlors eight dead in Atlanta: Daoyou Feng, Hyun J. Grant, Sun Cha Kim, Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Ashley Yaun, Yong A. Yue; six were women of Asian descent
March 17th, 2021, Xiao Zhen Xie, a 75-year-old Asian woman, was punched in the face unprovoked on San Francisco’s market street.
March 21st, 2021, Katie Hou, a 37-year-old woman of Asian descent, was violently assaulted on her way to protest anti-Asian violence in New York
This list does not encompass every instance of mistreatment and wrongful death of Asian Americans but rather provides a glimpse into the reality of persistent issues facing the APIA Community. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, countless instances of hate towards Asian American’s across the United States have been documented. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University released information that at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% from the previous year, while hate crimes overall experienced a decline. Examples of Xenophobic and Anti-Asian rhetoric from notable political and community figures have further fueled hate towards the APIA community at large. Stop AAPI Hate released that nearly 3,795 hate incidents were reported in this past year alone. While these statistics speak to the reported information, the unfortunate truth is that a number of events go unreported and undocumented. We as an organization are deeply concerned for the safety of our members who hold AAPI identity, their families as well as the larger communities they identify with.
In recent months, weeks, even days, we have seen numerous rallies, calls for help, centralized donations, and resources become available to combat APIA hate. However, we must recognize that the work does not stop here. We must continue to take action; we must continue to put forth the time and effort to shed light on the problems by working together with the communities in need. The Brothers of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. promote equitable and humane treatment for all people, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We ask of those that share space with our organization, our fellow NAPA organizations, Greek Life organizations of all affiliations, individuals, and allies of the NAPA community alike; please use your voice at this time to affect positive change in the world we all live in.
Stop AAPI Hate [www.stopAAPIhate.org]
Launched in March of 2020, this reporting center tracks and responds to incidents against the AAPI community in the United States
AAPI Community Fund [www.gofundme.com/AAPI]
This fund is designed to address the urgent issues that face the AAPI community and issue grants to trusted AAPI organizations.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice [www.advancingjustice-aajc.org]
An organization whose mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans with resources to combat the issues
Harassment Intervention Training [www.ihollaback.org/harassmenttraining]
A non-profit organization whose mission is to end all forms of harassment both in the workplace and in everyday situations.