United We Stand
“Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves until we end hatred and division.”
– John Lewis
Mukai Farm & Garden grieves and mourns for the victims and families of those murdered in Atlanta.
These tragic events highlight the escalating violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities amidst the rhetoric of fear and hate during the pandemic. This is another burden AAPI communities carry in the pandemic. Asian American and Pacific Islanders have suffered disproportionately from COVID infections and have had the largest economic losses of any group.
We stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Black and Indigenous friends, family and neighbors, and condemn the violence fueled by hate and ignorance. The trauma experienced by communities of color is part of our history of racist and xenophobic policies that stoke ignorance and fear.
These are not just the action of single, disturbed persons; these are hate crimes. These violent actions are latest acts of a deep-rooted racism in America
Data released by Stop AAPI Hate reports nearly 3,800 firsthand reports of violence, discrimination and harassment against Asian Americans since March of last year, including more than 500 incidents in just the first two months of 2021. This number is likely an underestimate, as many violent acts go unreported and victims often suffer in silence. The shootings in Atlanta and Denver also highlight gun violence as a public health crisis in our country, which kills more than 30,000 Americans each year.
To our AAPI and BIPOC communities, we share the heartache and fears. We commit even more deeply to our mission of creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive community, and respect, value and affirm our differences.
We can change the course of the terrible legacy of racism. Join Mukai in working to overcome the bigotry and xenophobia that is present in our daily lives, even here on Vashon Island. Take action, educate yourself, learn what to do, help us combat racism.
The Friends of Mukai Board of Directors
Ayumi LukeFredrick Harriman
Tina Shattuck – Executive Director