World A wave of violent attacks renews focus on anti-Asian racism
Collingwood racism: Everything we know about the independent report
A damning independant investigation has revealed a racism issue at AFL side Collingwood with individuals paying a 'high cost speaking out against racism at the club'.The report, titled 'Do Better' and first revealed by the Herald Sun, was received by Collingwood on December 17 last year after being conducted by two professors at the University of Sydney.
In the past few weeks, a slew of violent incidents in the Bay Area — including multiple attacks targeting elderly individuals — have renewed attention on anti-Asian racism during the pandemic.
In San Francisco,after getting shoved to the ground. In Oakland, a 91-year-old . And in San Jose, was robbed in the middle of the afternoon.
The motivation for several of these assaults is not yet clear — but the ultimate effects of these attacks are the same: They’re instilling fear in Asian American communities, particularly among older adults who are already some of the most vulnerable populations during the current public health crisis.
Lumumba takes aim at McGuire over response
Heritier Lumumba has spoken for the first time since a report revealed a culture of systemic racism at Collingwood.Lumumba, who has claimed that he dealt with racism at Collingwood over the last seven years, took aim at club president Eddie McGuire for his reponse to the findings in a series of tweets.
“We do know that the rise in anti-Asian racism ... has had devastating impacts,” said Cynthia Choi, a co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, in a recent press call. “Our community is fearful of being in public alone, simply going for a walk and living our daily lives.” These attacks have also coincided with the start of the Lunar New Year holiday, but it’s not certain if they’re linked.
Over the past year, anti-Asian incidents have surged across the country: There have been more than 2,800 since last spring,which has been tracking people’s reports. Ranging from verbal abuse and workplace discrimination to storefront vandalism and physical violence, that seeks to scapegoat Asian Americans for the spread of the coronavirus, givens its origins in China. Such incidents have only been stoked further by former President Donald Trump’s use of to describe the virus.
Héritier Lumumba criticises Eddie McGuire and Collingwood over 'painful' response to report into racism
Héritier Lumumba criticises Collingwood's "bizarre response" to a report that found a culture of systemic racism to be in place at the club, calling Eddie McGuire's press conference "disturbing".In a series of Twitter posts the 2010 premiership player and All-Australian took aim at the Magpies and McGuire, who claimed that despite the report finding there was systemic racism at the club, it was a "historic and proud day" for the Magpies.
Activists are working to draw attention to the violence that’s taken place in an effort to pressure local governments to provide more financial support for victims and funding for community-based efforts. Groups including, for example, are coordinating volunteers who can help accompany seniors as they run errands. have also sought to draw attention to this problem, by offering a $25,000 reward for information about the individuals involved in harming the 91-year-old man in Oakland (police have since apprehended a suspect).
As they respond to these attacks, activists emphasize that it’s important for communities of color to stand in solidarity, and to make sure that policing is not viewed as the main form of redress — given how policing has disproportionately harmed Black Americans. Instead, they note that communities need to focus on cross-racial education and healing, in order to raise awareness about the discrimination that different groups experience.
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“It’s incumbent upon us in our communities to speak out,” says Manjusha Kulkarni, the head of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. “Part of addressing this issue is coming to terms with ... the invisibility overall of Asian Americans, and the idea of being perpetual foreigners who people don’t see as Americans.”
Anti-Asian violence has surged during the pandemic
Incidents of anti-Asian violence began spiking last spring as the pandemic got underway, and hundreds more have been documented since then., 60 percent of Asian Americans have observed people blaming members of their community for Covid-19.
Kulkarni emphasizes that Trump’s rhetoric had a clear effect in stoking xenophobia and fueling these attacks, many of which fed off longstanding tropes about Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners who can never be fully American. “We would often see increased violence or hate and discrimination when the president would make remarks. We saw that was having direct impact on the perpetrators,” she said, regarding the Stop AAPI Hate tracker. Additionally, the association of Asian Americans with the coronavirusthat have associated immigrants of Asian descent with “weird” foods, dirtiness, and illness.
'We will confront the history' - Collingwood players and staff say 'sorry' for past incidents of racism
An open letter penned on behalf of Collingwood's players and staff has moved to apologise for allowing a culture of systemic racism to develop at the club. The apology comes after a report titled 'Do Better' found Collingwood had a history of racism incidents occurring , following a club-sanctioned independent investigation. Collingwood president Eddie McGuire was criticised in the aftermath of the report being leaked for declaring the investigation's outcome was a 'proud day' for the football club .
Anti-Asian attacks in the past year have been wide-ranging:, they’ve included an Asian American child getting pushed off her bike by a bystander at a park, a family at a grocery store getting spat on and accused of being responsible for the coronavirus, and vandalism outside businesses. Then there is the death of Ratanapakdee in San Francisco this past month: that they believe the attack on him was racially motivated.
, President Joe Biden condemned anti-Asian racism, marking a stark change from the Trump administration. He’s also instructed the Justice Department to begin gathering data on these attacks and to strip discriminatory language from federal documents. But it is going to take more than one message denouncing such acts to maintain this dialogue and ensure that members of these communities get the funding and legal backing they need.
Activists want to raise awareness of these attacks — and get more support for victims
Many activists are dedicated to raising awareness about these attacks, and are pushing lawmakers to take actions that support victims.
For those interested in helping, a number of these efforts are localized. San Francisco, for example, has helped set aside funds for victims and survivors in order to address legal and medical costs, but regional groups hope to pressure lawmakers to make the effort a more sustainable one. In Oakland, the Chinatown Coalition is among the groupsand provide more foot traffic to storefronts in the area. is also raising money for community organizations trying to combat anti-Asian racism in the Bay Area. And crowdfunding efforts have been set up to help cover expenses faced by .
Heritier Lumumba and ex-Collingwood teammate get into heated dispute
Former Collingwood Magpies player Simon Buckley said Heritier Lumumba never complained about his nickname 'Chimp' when he was 'winning flags and getting a kick himself'.Former Magpies player Simon Buckley said Brazilian-born Heritier Lumumba never complained about his nickname 'Chimp' when he was 'winning flags and getting a kick himself'.
, there are demonstrations planned both in Oakland’s Chinatown and in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza.
Kulkarni emphasizes that people can use social media to share information about the attacks and elevate these resources. She says, too, that individuals can join their local city council meetings to make sure elected officials are aware of the violence that’s happening and press for more funding for victims.
“You don’t have to go to the city council building, you join via Zoom — make those pleas and demands of our elected leaders,” she says.
Ultimately, activists intend to continue calling attention to the problem, and they urge lawmakers to do the same.
“It is vital for our elected officials to vehemently condemn racism and acts of hate against Asian Americans in any form, from xenophobic language to violent acts,” says John Yang, the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. “Leaders must use their platforms to share our stories as well as ensure that the government provides resources for the victims and collects data on the hate our community is experiencing.”
Germany marks a year since deadly racist shooting .
Germany on Friday marks a year since nine people were killed in a racist shooting in the city of Hanau, an assault that has fuelled fears of far-right terror in the country. - 'Hanau is everywhere' - Organisations across Germany called for decisive action against racism and right-wing extremism ahead of the anniversary of the attack on Friday. "For those affected, Hanau is potentially (still) everywhere, all the time," Atila Karaborklu, chairman of the TGD society for the Turkish community in Germany, said in a statement.