WSNA condemns Atlanta shooting and racism against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

210319 asian solidarity statement final

WSNA stands with the Washington State Labor Council, the AFL-CIO, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and so many others in expressing sadness and anger about the murders of Asian women and other workers in Atlanta.

Call the Atlanta shoot­ings what they are: racism. These recent murders are only the most violent, visible manifes­ta­tions of the increased racism against commu­nity members of Asian and Pacific Islander descent that has been a dreadful side effect of the coron­avirus pandemic. From the early days of the pandemic, when COVID-19 was labeled the China Virus” and Kung Flu” by the Presi­dent of the United States, Asian Ameri­cans have been marked as scape­goats and have faced racist harass­ment and violence.

This wave of hate crimes is all the more painful against the history of racism and discrim­i­na­tion against Asian and Pacific Islander people in the United States. From the Chinese Exclu­sion Act of 1882, to assaults against Filipino farmworkers in the 1930s and the Japanese intern­ment camps of the 1940s, people of Asian descent have been cast as dangerous others.

Nurses of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage have not been immune to racist targeting in our nation, even as they work to save lives in hospi­tals and long-term care facil­i­ties. Our Asian and Pacific Island members are on the front lines of the pandemic, and our Asian and Pacific Islander commu­nity has stepped up to help, donating thousands of N95s and other Personal Protec­tive Equip­ment to safeguard nurses and other health care workers against COVID-19.

WSNA stands in solidarity with Asian Pacific Island commu­ni­ties and resolves to continue standing with all Black, Indige­nous and people of color facing racism and discrim­i­na­tion. We join in expressing our deepest condo­lences to the families of the victims in the Atlanta shootings.