It feels familiar and scary to me when my friends of Asian descent and those who "look Asian" tell me how they are being more cautious in public right now. It reminds me of how I felt as a South Asian American Muslim after 9/11. How people confronted me and blamed me for those tragic events.
Some ways you can make a difference:
- Speaking out against this racist rhetoric:
- Teaching your children that bullying is wrong
- Supporting and standing up for someone who may be a target of racism
Yes, you can have a positive impact.
What are some more ways to make a difference? Have you been impacted by racism or have other thoughts to share? Write a comment below.
Some news reporting on what is happening:
- Hate Crime in NY (Video):
- “Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety,” In interviews over the past week, nearly two dozen Asian-Americans across the country said they were afraid — to go grocery shopping, to travel alone on subways or buses, to let their children go outside. Many described being yelled at in public — a sudden spasm of hate that is reminiscent of the kind faced by American Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in the United States after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."
- Racist Attacks Against Asians Continues to Grow as Coronavirus Threat Grows
Zeshan Mustafa, JD, CCEP, RYT (200) is a Somatic Practitioner of a creative and transformational body-based modality called Core Energetics. Her focus is on intimacy, relationships and cultural competence. She offers individual sessons in Washington, DC and also online. She also facilitate groups and workshops on Core Energetics and Cross-Racial Healing for Mental Health Professionals, Teachers, and Organizations. You may reach her at Zeshan1226@gmail.com