XENOPHOBIA AND HATECRIMES
OCA is deeply
concerned surrounding the uptick in anti-Asian rhetoric and violence in recent
The long term
consequences of fear mongering and xenophobic rhetoric is most commonly seen in
the case of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man from Detroit. Chin was
savagely beat to death by two laid-off auto workers who had blamed their
termination by the booming auto industry in Japan in the 1980s. The economic
scapegoating led to the death of Chin while the two individuals were tried and
released with a fine and no jail time.
In 2012, OCA saw
some of the highest rate and most blatant form of racism for political gain. Elections should be issue-focused without resorting
to unfair and inaccurate comparisons. Demonizing a specific class of people
using fear tactics based on broad political and economic generalizations or
predictions should not be tolerated by the community at-large.
As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders become more
involved in civic life, OCA calls upon political parties to promote an
environment that welcomes the inclusion of diverse perspectives and
experiences. We urge political candidates and the media to refrain from using
xenophobic language and imagery. We also urge those elected into office to
support policies that address the serious problem related to all forms of
discrimination and bias.