The recent mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder serve as all too familiar examples of the destructive power of racism and gun violence on our communities. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County unequivocally condemns these acts of violence and the racism and bigotry that fuel them. We grieve for the senseless loss of life and stand in solidarity with the families and community members affected by these tragedies.
A cornerstone of our organizational culture is the belief that every human being, regardless of their race, creed or culture has the right to exist free from harm, express themselves without fear, and achieve their full potential. To help realize this, we work collaboratively to co-create opportunities for every person in our community to live free from poverty and injustice.
We also understand that silence plays a key role in perpetuating gun and racial violence. If we are to realize our shared vision for a community where everyone belongs and everyone thrives, we must all stand up and make our voices heard.
We encourage everyone to learn more and take action to confront racism, hate, and violence in our communities. Below are some resources that may be helpful in better understanding the issues around anti-Asian racism.
UNC Asian American Chapter has listed a host of resources including mental health support, hate crime hotlines, and educational information:
NC Asian American Together Statement and Resource Listing:
Anti-Asian Intervention ByStander Training: