Imagine Housing Blog
In Solidarity: Stop Asian Hate
The senseless murders of the eight individuals in Atlanta that took place on Tuesday, March 16 weighs heavily on our hearts. We grieve with the victims’ families, friends, and the Asian American community as a whole.
Sadly, we know this tragic act of violence is not an isolated incident. As Governor Jay Inslee stated: “We saw this ugly trend surge a year ago, when COVID-19 first emerged in our state. One year later, we have a vaccine for the virus – but racism is still running rampant.”
This act reminds us of the importance to engage in anti-racist work. We achieve progress through education, unlearning, and challenging the harmful stereotypes and bias each of us carries. Our commitment to practicing allyship cannot be in response to events like Atlanta – we must remain committed to this work when the world is not watching. That is when the real work begins.
To our residents, staff, and supporters, we stand beside you. We strive to build a welcoming and accepting community for everyone who calls an Imagine Housing community home, and we recognize that race plays a role in that experience. We remain committed to learning and supporting policies, programs, and movements that strive for justice and equity, recognizing we have much work to do.
If you have been a victim of or witnessed an act of hate or discrimination, visit the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) for resources on how to report it and where to find support: capaa.wa.gov/resources/report-hate-discrimination/
For resources on the heightened number of reported hate incidents against Asian Americans in the past year, visit stopaapihate.org