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STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITIES

The Portland Public Schools stands in solidarity with Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the United States, condemning the hate crimes being perpetrated by white supremacist and misogynist ways of thinking and acting. We want our AAPI students and families to know that racism and xenophobia are not tolerated in the Portland Public Schools.
 
According to data released in March by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, hate crimes against Asian Americans in the largest 16 U.S. cities spiked by nearly 150 percent in 2020, while overall hate crimes dropped by 7 percent. Portland is not immune from such acts of hatred targeting Asian Americans, as demonstrated by this week’s incident in the city.
 
We acknowledge that these violent hate crimes did not begin with COVID-19. Anti-Asian sentiment has been going on in our nation for centuries. The United States history has many examples of government-sanctioned racism against Asian Americans, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Japanese Internment during World II. 

We recognize that condemning this act of white supremacist terrorism is not sufficient. Words are not enough. We must do our part to end the hate – of racism, marginalization, and invisibility of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We commit to lifting up the voices of AAPI students, families, and staff in combating this wave of violence. There are multiple ways to demonstrate solidarity through education, action, and other means. Here’s where to begin:  we share with you the following resources in efforts of stopping AAPI hate.
 


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