The following is a statement by the University of South Florida School of Social Work and the School of Social Work Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
Hate crimes and violence against Asian American communities have risen over the past years. We know that racially motivated hate crimes targeting Asian communities are deeply rooted in structural racism and discrimination in this society.
In alignment with social work values pursuing social and racial justice, we advocate against violence and discriminatory exclusion toward the Asian community. In the larger context, we repudiate any kinds of racism, hate, violence, and discrimination against socially disadvantaged groups including Black people, Indigenous, Latinx and other people of color, LGBTQA, women, and immigrants.
As social workers and educators, we stand in solidarity with our Asian communities and keep advocating for justice. We will not be silent on racism, inequity, and exclusion of those individuals who are socially vulnerable.
For more information on how you can support the effort to stop violence against Asians: