Stop Asian Hate
A statement on violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community
LA County Library vehemently condemns the violent attacks in Atlanta and the alarming volume of hate crimes directed at Asian Americans, Asians, and Pacific Islanders. We are deeply troubled and saddened that we are witnessing yet another community being targeted for discrimination and brutality based on race. Our deepest and most sincere condolences go to the victims of the Atlanta shootings and their families, in addition to the countless number of individuals who have been victims of vicious hate crimes and discrimination around the country. The Library stands in solidarity with the AAPI community, many of whom are our patrons, relatives, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
The misguided perceptions and rhetoric about COVID-19 has resulted in an escalation of xenophobia and violence toward the AAPI community. The hate and discrimination Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are experiencing is unfortunately not new and traces back to a long and complex history of systemic and normalized racism in our country. The tragic events that occurred in Atlanta are a stark reminder that racism, hate, bias, and bigotry are still very much part of our nation and unfortunately the trauma experienced before and now, has long lasting consequences. As a society, we have barely scratched the surface when it comes to addressing normalized racism and discrimination against people of color and marginalized communities including Black Americans, the Latinx community, Native and Indigenous people, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Regardless of race, gender, creed, sexual orientation or ability, all members of our society should have the right to conduct daily life activities without fearing for their safety and well-being.
LA County Library remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing equity, inclusivity, and justice for all members of our society. As a gateway to knowledge and access, we have a civic and ethical responsibility to support the advancement, well-being, and resilience of all people. To help propel our mission, we offer a variety of resources and programs to help individuals cultivate and enhance skills and broaden their understanding of other cultures and social issues. Specifically, LA County Library is proud to house the Asian Pacific Resource Center (APRC), a special collection of the LA County Library system, located in Rosemead Library. The APRC encompasses academic materials as well as film, music, novels, magazines, and newspapers with an emphasis on the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience, with core holdings on the history, art, and culture of China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hawaii, and American Samoa. The center features more than 100 titles on microfilm of historical Asian immigrant newspapers published in the United States, including newspapers and documents on microfilm from the Japanese American incarceration during World War II.
If you have interest in learning more, we encourage you to visit these resources on the AAPI community, diversity, equity, social justice, and systemic racism. Collectively, we can do our part in advancing justice and equity for all.
If you or someone you know has been a victim or witness to a hate crime, we encourage you to visit LA vs Hate or call 211.