Statement Condemning Racism and Discrimination Against Asians and Asian Americans

April 9, 2020

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) President and Board of Directors unequivocally condemn incidents of racism and discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans.

The onset of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) has given rise to racism and discrimination targeting Asians and Asian Americans throughout the country. Since March 19, the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON) has recorded more than 1,100 such incidents.

This pandemic has damaged the health, livelihoods, and social lives of people from communities across the country‚ÄĒrepresenting every race, faith, and nationality. The tremendous pain and fear it has unleashed does not absolve any one of us from the responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect. It is precisely in times like these that we must overcome our differences, stand together, and support one another.

The Uyghur people are no strangers to racism and discrimination. To this day, our people live under the brutal, authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In our homeland, Uyghurs are persecuted for practicing their faith, expressing their culture, exercising their speech, and articulating their identity. In the United States, we enjoy our God-given, inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which is unthinkable in China. The racism and discrimination we are witnessing against Asians and Asian Americans undermines the very integrity of the democratic, tolerant, diverse nation we know and love.

The UAA is opposed to all forms of racism and discrimination. We urge the international community to work together in combatting it. We also encourage both members of the media and public to ensure that the COVID-19 information they share come from reputable, evidence-based sources.

Sincerely,

Uyghur American Association