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What can make the #StopAsianHate campaign stronger?

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic there was a massive upsurge of violence and racism toward people of Asian or Pacific Island decent, mostly taking place in America be also elsewhere across Europe. This has occurred amidst the backdrop of the huge international outcry against racism that was the Black Lives Matter movement that generated large anti-racism protests across the globe in 2020. An Asian solidarity movement has arisen on social media under the hashtag #StopAsianHate in an effort to shine a light on this common form of racism that has a long history in Europe and America. Can #StopAsianHate help end racism? What can make the #StopAsianHate campaign stronger?
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Community grassroots organising
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Will probably decrease after the pandemic
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The new cold war will generate growing Sinophobia
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Community grassroots organising

To truly stop the racist attacks that we have seen a spike of during the pandemic, everyone needs to speak out and stop staying silent on these attitudes, as they are often expressed prior to being acted on. Only this sort of action on a grassroots and community based level can truly spread the anti-racist message and root out white supremacist hatred. Individuals can therefore act to support the #StopAsianHate campaign, taking to social media, conducting local advertising campaigns to raise awareness, and reaching out to people that may witness or experience such racism and connect them with local law enforcement. Likewise donating to or volunteering with organisations such as community outreach groups and services can help support vulnerable individuals directly and help fund outreach and anti-racism campaigns on a local level.

arcurrent.com/opinion/2021/03/14/anti-asian-hate-crimes-need-to-stop www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/community/stop-asian-hate.page newsweek.com/stop-staying-silent-racial-discrimination-against-asians-opinion-1574602 wbur.org/news/2021/03/14/stop-asian-hate-protest-boston-common-coronavirus

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Corporate solidarity

The #StopAsianHate campaign has gained wide corporate support from a number of high profile brands expressing their solidarity with the anti-racism movement. Corporate solidarity, while sometimes seemingly opportunistic, can help spread a movement's message much further than simple grassroots organising. However in regards to the recent increase in racist violence aimed at Asian Americans, corporate solidarity is especially necessary when it comes to corporate media, as studies have found that partisan media have played a significant role in stoking recent prejudice against Asian Americans. The media’s involvement in playing to stereotypes and showing Asian B-Roll during pandemic news stories has focussed the hate of white supremacists against Asian American in particular to the point of suggesting a societal scapegoat for the pandemic.

news.yahoo.com/major-brands-around-world-share-211203162.html fashionista.com/2021/02/fashion-brands-speak-out-against-anti-asian-violence nextshark.com/brands-solidarity-asian-against-hate phys.org/news/2020-10-reveals-blame-asian-americans-covid-.html

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Solidarity with other anti-racism movements

Black/Asian solidarity is the key to tackling racism in the United States, the Black Lives Matter movement has dragged the civil rights movement into the 21st century, has managed to generate solidarity internationally, and has proven itself a powerful social force. #StopAsianHate can both benefit from the support of such a successful and internationally renowned activist movement, and can help too connect the BLM movement with the Asian continent, spreading this strong message of anti-racism quite completely around the world. Pan-racial solidarity will demonstrate most powerfully to all white Americans that racial hatred in the 21st century is unacceptable.

variety.com/2020/music/news/k-pop-whitelivesmatter-hashtag-drown-out-racist-1234624126 asiansolidaritycollective.org crossculturalsolidarity.com/black-asian-solidarity

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Will probably decrease after the pandemic

The spike in Asian hate crimes is widely recognised to have been due to the COVID pandemic, and as a result will probably decrease as the pandemic does. In the United States solidarity between Asian Americans is a much more complicated issue, as unlike African American communities whose histories are much more monolithic, Asian Americans largely have differing cultural backgrounds making anti-racist solidarity movements more complex. In this way the problem is more complicated and hate crime laws are already largely in place, so it may be best to just wait out the pandemic and let the legal system take its course.

wkyc.com/article/news/verify/verify-data-show-asian-hate-crimes-rising-during-covid-pandemic/507-ee3f615f-14b2-49dc-b3e6-a28e5a5cbac1 huffpost.com/entry/anti-asian-hate-crimes-covid-19-help_n_60256eebc5b680717ee65142

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The new cold war will generate growing Sinophobia

As America looks openly set to enter a New Cold War with China, Sinophobia will become an increasingly common. But given that the US is a deeply racist society, a militaristic and weaponised culture, and most American's are too misinformed misinformed to be able to differentiate different Asian ethnicities this will inevitably lead to more violence against all Asian communities in America. The mass-shooting rampage carried out by Robert Aaron Long in Atlanta in March 2021 is evidence of this. These shootings should have been taken by the police and widely reported as racist and misogynist extremist violence, but because of the systemic racist nature of both the police and press, the murders were reported to be due to sex addiction and the police even reported it as the result of Long having a "very bad day". Short of addressing systemic racism in policing, politicians need to address their own rhetoric that can filter through the minds of white supremacist extremists to be inspiration for violence such as the shooting in Atlanta.

vanityfair.com/news/2021/03/robert-aaron-long-georgia-killings theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/17/jay-baker-bad-day-t-shirt-atlanta-spa-shooting 21cir.com/2020/05/operation-vengeance-growing-sinophobia-cold-war-2-0-hybrid-wars-information-warfare

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As America looks openly set to enter a New Cold War with China, Sinophobia will become an increasingly common. But given that the US is a deeply racist society, a militaristic and weaponised culture, and most American's are too misinformed misinformed to be able to differentiate different Asian ethnicities this will inevitably lead to more violence against all Asian communities in America. The mass-shooting rampage carried out by Robert Aaron Long in Atlanta in March 2021 is evidence of this. These shootings should have been taken by the police and widely reported as racist and misogynist extremist violence, but because of the systemic racist nature of both the police and press, the murders were reported to be due to sex addiction and the police even reported it as the result of Long having a "very bad day". Short of addressing systemic racism in policing, politicians need to address their own rhetoric that can filter through the minds of white supremacist extremists to be inspiration for violence such as the shooting in Atlanta.

Greater government support

Tackling massive deep-routed issues such as racism should be down to the world’s governments, as they are in a unique position to most effectively deal with these huge structural and cultural divides. Governments and politicians are also in a unique position whereby they can set the tone for public discussion and even the public mood to a certain degree, this is the one place where a "trickle down" effect really does work. You only have to look at all the xenophobic political posturing in recent years to see how effective politicians can be at exploiting and encouraging public discourse. Governments can set harsher punishments, appoint more police time and manpower, fund anti-racism groups, take a hard-line on similar issues internationally, and even public displays of solidarity can be utilised to stamp out such racism; governments are the lynchpin in dealing with racism. In the meantime civilians can only protest and start movements to pressure governments to take action, antiracism protests throughout 2020 led to Biden taking executive action and California State Legislature approving $1.4 million in funding for antiracism organisations in January and February 2021 respectively.

oprah.com/inspiration/the-stopasianhate-movement-and-how-to-support-it asamnews.com/2021/01/26/hardline-policy-against-china-not-likely-to-ease nytimes.com/2021/03/05/opinion/international-world/anti-asian-hate.html a19.asmdc.org/press-releases/20210222-california-legislature-approves-14-million-state-funding-help-address-surge

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