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Governor Beshear releases statement on rise in Anti-Asian hate

Governor Andy Beshear
Governor Andy Beshear(Bryan Woolston | AP)
Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 1:26 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Beshear joined 18 other Governors to issue a statement on the rise in anti-Asian hate.

Beshear, asked organizations, companies, and individuals to participate in a virtual day of action.

The Naturalization Act was signed into law March 26, 1790. This prohibited non-white people from becoming U.S. Citizens. Beshear says 231 years later, racism towards the Asian community is ongoing and on the rise.

“Anti-Asian violence and racism have no place in our commonwealth or our country,” said Gov. Beshear. “Ending Anti-Asian violence and racism starts with Kentuckians speaking up, and I ask everyone to join with me today to show solidarity and stand against hate.”

The joint statement reads:

As governors we take care in protecting the people of our states. The tragic loss of loved ones in Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six Asian Americans, is part of a long and painful litany of acts of hate against Asian Americans across the country.

Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity, in support, and in shared resolve with the Asian American community. Hate will not divide our states and our communities, and we condemn all expressions of racism, xenophobia, scapegoating, and anti-Asian sentiment.

From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II to the mistreatment of Muslims and Sikhs after 9/11, this year is part of a history of racism against the Asian American community.

In the past year, the use of anti-Asian rhetoric during the pandemic has resulted in Asian Americans being harassed, assaulted, and scapegoated for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino released findings in early March that showed hate crimes against Asian-Americans spiked 149% from 2019 to 2020, even while hate crimes fell overall.

What is happening to Asian Americans is simply un-American. We condemn racism, violence, and hatred against our AAPI communities, and we must do more to protect, lift up, and support the Asian American community.

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