Regional: Schools Asked To Fight Racism And Stereotyping Especially During Pandemic

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Publication: SFGate.com/Bay City News

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the school year begins, San Francisco city leaders joined other public officials, including vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, on Wednesday to call on schools to stand up against racism aimed at students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

The leaders, along with organizers from Beyond Differences and the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, are asking schools to take part in the Stand Up for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Youth During COVID program.

Students have increasingly been exposed to racist language and attacks since the virus arrived in the U.S early this year, and schools lack the tools to have address it, the organizers said.

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"Young people feel isolated so often and alone, and that's how people win when we have groups of people bullying us and attacking us, they want us to feel like we are alone," said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). "This virtual gathering is a reminder that we are not by ourselves and in fact, there're more of us than there is of them." 

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