Hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise and we need to talk about it, even if it is difficult. The people who use intimidation and violence to terrorize their fellow Americans are the minority but they will continue to grow stronger if they are allowed to remain unchecked. We, as a community, need to speak louder and fight back against these disgusting crimes. The more people we have speaking up, the more coverage we will get. People need to band together during these times of despair because there is power in numbers. We need to be united and speak loud and clear. Silence is violence.
To our Asian American neighbors: Do not give up hope. This is not what America stands for. In order to truly stop these feelings of hate and anger, we must replace them with ones of love and kindness. Telling the world what is wrong will slowly improve it, and help create a more tolerant generation. We want to assure you that you are not alone; you have millions of people by your side. We support the Asian American communities of Anchorage through this wave of intolerance and discrimination.
— Bartlett High School Dignity and Diversity class: Daisha Dancy, Saravi Facine, Mari Hansell, Asher Harley, Li Her, Ken Karmun, Jeme Lee, Abyeng Moua, Michael Smith, Shannon Smith, Patrick Sandifer and Angel Vargas
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