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Condemning Violence against People of Asian Descent
It was such a short time ago that ABCT joined the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) in condemning violence against Asians and Asian Americans. In that statement, which can be found here, AAPA noted an increase in hate speech and physical violence toward people of Asian descent. And, yet, here we are again, mourning the loss of eight more innocent people, six of whom are of Asian descent and one of whom was a person of color. The trajectory of the killer indicates that more were to follow. As we noted then, there has been an increase in racism and racial violence toward Asians, Asian Americans, and Asian Canadians during the COVID pandemic, stoked in part by denigrating rhetoric from some in leadership positions. Sadly, we must once again condemn violence against individuals of Asian descent.
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David F. Tolin, Ph.D., ABPP
President, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
The Asian American Psychological Association issued a statement on the shooting and included a number of useful resources, including support organizations, bystander intervention training, dealing with prejudice, and more. See the statement and resources here