“We need to see each other as human beings. Asian Americans are human. Asian Americans are just as American as anyone else. We need to build bonds of trust & connection to start to heal." - Andrew Yang
What happened in Atlanta feels like a continuation of a trend so many of us are feeling & seeing every day.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Americans have been subject to increasing rates of discrimination & violence. And last Tuesday, eight women - six of whom were Asian - were murdered in a racially-motivated killing spree.
These women did not deserve to be targeted like this. They did not deserve to have their lives taken away. And make no mistake, these women were targeted on their basis of their race.
As terrible as the statistics are on Asian American hate crimes, they vastly underestimate the magnitude of the problem.
We need to categorize these incidences as hate crimes. We need to fully fund the Asian Hates Crimes Taskforce right here in New York City. And we need to build bonds of connection & trust with the Asian American community.
Watch Andrew’s speech in Times Square >>
Watch Andrew’s remarks yesterday with Reverend Al Sharpton >>
Re: Help is on the way -
What a year it has been to be a parent.
Balancing work, the kids, homeschool & more has been one of the biggest challenges Andrew & I have ever faced.
And for so many New Yorkers, it’s been even more difficult. Children, expected to attend online classes w/o internet access. Parents, expected to juggle @-home learning w/ their job or jobs just to pay the bills. All during the worst global pandemic in a century.
As a Queens native & a lifelong New Yorker, it’s been heartbreaking for Andrew & I to watch our City be affected so negatively. But every day, I find hope in the love of my two kids & Andrew.
Being a parent changes your outlook on everything. Suddenly you're living for something greater than yourself. And you're interested in protecting society, culture, & the environment for future generations.
Andrew decided to run for mayor because he saw our City, our families, & our future in crisis. He saw how the pandemic ravaged our community, leaving the poor & vulnerable even further behind. He believes that he can help our great City get back on its feet w/ innovative & common sense leadership that puts people 1st, not politics.
Andrew is the love of my life, my most trusted confidante, & my partner in everything that I do. I know he will always do the right thing. And if I could tell every New Yorker one thing about my husband as mayor it’s this - hope is on the way.
Andrew will be your champion each & every day he is in office.
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Stay well, & much love & appreciation to you.