UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, Anti-Asian hate crimes from 2014 to 2019 have increased by more than 12%. Though this isn’t a big issue in our area, Dianne Stancato, the CEO of YWCA Mohawk Valley, says it’s still important to acknowledge and condemn what’s happening.
“It’s blatant racism, that’s exactly what it is. It’s racism. It’s hate against a certain class of people and it’s illegal. It is absolutely illegal and terribly sad what’s going on.” – Dianne Stancato, CEO/President
Less than two weeks ago, 8 people in Atlanta were murdered in a mass shooting, 6 of which were Asian women. The FBI defines a hate crime as “a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” Stancato believes the increase in Anti-Asian crimes could be due to misinformation COVID-19.
“The Asian community is not responsible for the COVID virus. It’s absolutely ridiculous but yet that get’s instilled in some people and they abuse and hurt others.” – Dianne Stancato, CEO/President
The YWCA’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. For support and information on resources visit their website ywcamv.org.