We have been horrified by the increased, targeted racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the US over the last several months. The non-profit organization Stop AAPI Hate has documented 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents across the nation since the onset of the pandemic. In particular, the targeting of elderly Asian-Americans has been widespread, resulting in the recent killings of 75-year-old Pak Ho and 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee.
Sadly, it seems that this targeted racism has now taken the lives of six members of the AAPI community Tuesday night in the Atlanta area. We send our support to our AAPI colleagues, clients and community members - we can only imagine the level of grief, fear and anguish they may be experiencing around these events.
Our law firm stands with the AAPI community in condemning this violence and the anti-Asian rhetoric during the pandemic that has provoked it. This kind of racism and xenophobia is not new, and we must not let up on doing the necessary work to eliminate this hatred and ignorance.
Recognizing that our words of support are not enough, Squire is sponsoring APAs v. Hate, a conference spearheaded by the California Asian Pacific American Bar Association geared at driving in depth conversations around anti-Asian racism. This is only the beginning of our Firm’s participation in these conversations. In addition, Stop AAPI Hate, is dedicated to addressing anti-Asian racism in the U.S. and will also be participating in the APAs v. Hate conference. Stop AAPI Hate aligns its work with “all forms of structural racism leveled against Black, Indigenous and other communities of color” and has practical resources on how to be an active ally of the AAPI community. We encourage you all to follow the work of the organization and get involved to help Stop AAPI Hate or other similar organizations.
There is simply no room for targeted racism against the AAPI community and we all should take active roles in our communities to combat it.
Mark J. Ruehlmann, Chair and Global CEO
Frederick R. Nance, Global Managing Partner, (US) LLP
Jonathan Jones, European Managing Partner