Stop Asian Hate: Racism is NOT an American Ideal

We are devastated by yet another violent attack on Asian American Pacific Islander communities, this time in Georgia, in the midst of a spike in anti-Asian violence and bigotry since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Shoulder to Shoulder, we know all too well that the same hate that fuels anti-Muslim bigotry and violence fuels the bigotry and violence against our fellow Asian, Black, Jewish, immigrant, and other marginalized communities.

Let us be clear: fearmongering, placing false collective blame on targeted populations, and racism in all forms must be condemned and eradicated. Racism is not an American ideal, but rather a dangerous ideology that has plagued our nation and our world for far too long.

Shoulder to Shoulder remains in solidarity with those who are impacted by racism and hate. We are committed to fighting against discriminatory and xenophobic rhetoric and violence at all levels, whether it be in our own grassroots communities or in the highest levels of our country’s leadership. We will continue to work tirelessly towards a vision for our nation that includes each and every one of us, no matter our faith, culture, or background, to be treated fairly, respectfully, and with dignity.

Though our American ideals have not yet been realized, we will continue to work to educate, equip, and mobilize our communities to move us toward the nation we long to see.

See what our member denominations and organizations are saying on this issue of anti-Asian racism:

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Shoulder to Shoulder is a coalition of 34 religious denominations and organizations committed to standing with American Muslims to advance American ideals