Friday, March 19, 2021
Atlanta Murders and Surging Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
This week, the world witnessed the senseless murders of eight people in the Atlanta area, six of whom were Asian-Americans. APFA stands in condemnation of hate-fueled violence and extends condolences to the families of those murdered:
Daoyou Feng, 44
Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, 33
Hyun J. Grant, 51
Suncha Kim, 69
Paul Andre Michels, 54
Soon C. Park, 74
Xiaojie Tan, 49
Yong A. Yue, 63
We must continuously denounce the rampant anti-Asian sentiment that has manifested itself in our country, fueled by hate-filled statements disseminated by political figures and media members. Unions were formed around the fight for diversity and equality, and we condemn this surge of racist, anti-Asian rhetoric.
Earlier this month, at the APFA Annual Convention, the Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution creating the first-ever APFA Diversity & Inclusion Committee. This Committee will promote diversity at APFA, at American Airlines, and throughout the communities in which we reside. APFA has a clear responsibility to protect and promote diversity, and there is much work to accomplish.
As Union Leaders, we must stand up against racial injustice in any form. We will continue to work to ensure all of our Membership’s safety.
Standing side-by-side with all of you in Solidarity,