#StopAAPIHate: Here’s How You Can Support AAPI Communities & Stand Against Anti-Asian Racism

People gather to protest at the "Rally Against Hate" in Chinatown on March 21, 2021 in New York City. | Credit: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Throughout 2020 and 2021, we have witnessed an increase in anti-Asian racism across the country. Undoubtedly, these bigoted views have been exacerbated by how racist politicians have discussed, and tweeted about, the novel coronavirus. Not only has this led to a surge in verbal and physical attacks, but it has also meant fewer customers supporting Asian-owned businesses and restaurants.

“I knew anti-Asian sentiment existed long before the pandemic, but, until now, I have never felt this level of worry for my parents out in public,” NBC News investigative correspondent Vicky Nguyen told Today. “It has instilled a sense of sadness that’s new for me.” According to the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center, 3,795 incidents of hate crimes against Asian people and Pacific Islanders occurred between March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021 — and those were just the verbal and physical assaults, civil rights violations, and instances of online harassment that folks actually reported.