When we talk about Building Values for Life at Trail Blazers, valuing people for who they are is our most precious Value. When we talk about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, we talk about creating a world where all people are safe to live and thrive in their authentic selves.
This past year, there has been much deserved focus on the myriad ways our society continues to mistreat, and treat as less, our BIPOC brothers and sisters. In some instances the Asian American Pacific Islander community has been excluded from this attention, despite being specifically targeted for hate and mistreatment. This past year hate crimes against Asian American Pacific Islanders have risen over 150% in many of our nation’s largest cities. It is important to remember, this is only reported hate crimes, as many go unreported.
Though exacerbated by the pandemic, anti-Asian sentiment has deep roots in this country’s history. Violence against Asian American and Pacific Islanders is horrific, must be called out and must be stopped. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and in the aftermath of recent murders, we pause to consider how often people of Asian descent are excluded from conversations about race and race relations.
Trail Blazers’ journey to center our mission in becoming an anti-racist organization that is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging is ongoing. We recognize that dismantling the underlying drivers of hate is a task that requires all of us to do our part. While the task at hand might at times seem overwhelming, we remember there are some things we can do today to get to a better tomorrow. StopAAPIHate.org is one of many places to start in educating ourselves and taking action to do better.
We invite you share additional resources as we continue on the ongoing journey.