Statement of Support for the Asian Community

March 19, 2021

The APTA Maryland expresses our strong support for the Asian community. We also condemn the racist, biased, and hate-filled actions and propaganda that have a long history in the United States, only worsening since the start of the pandemic due to rhetoric directed at the Asian community.

Six of the eight people killed in Atlanta, GA on March 16, 2021 were Asian women. This is the most recent high profile attack on the Asian community. The recent events are not isolated. According to Stop AAPI Hate, 3,795 incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying have been reported by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States in the past year. The true number is likely far higher as underreporting is common in these types of incidents. These incidents have also hit close to home here in Maryland as well where we have a large AAPI community. At the start of the pandemic, four Asian-owned restaurants were vandalized and burglarized during Lunar New Year celebrations in Howard County, MD.

The impact of these crimes extends beyond their intended victims. These actions can trigger fear and frustration in the entire community. A lack of vocal response can be misinterpreted as condoning these actions and risk spurring on copycat incidents. To members of the AAPI community, know that you are all valued. To our chapter members who belong to the AAPI community, your contributions to our profession and our society are immeasurable.

We encourage members of the APTA Maryland to show support of our AAPI family members, friends, colleagues, patients, and other community members through actions as well as words. These actions may include increasing our knowledge and awareness of the AAPI community and how we can be of support, intervening when we witness discrimination, learning about any privilege we may have, and creating more inclusive environments in our immediate communities.

- APTA Maryland Board of Directors