We are grieving with the AAPI community and all the victims of the horrific shootings in Atlanta. This tragedy is the latest in an escalation of attacks resulting in inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric, harassment, and violence since the start of the pandemic.
WGI stands against the racist treatment and attacks on Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and gender-based violence experienced by women around the world. Hate and bigotry have no place in our organization or anywhere, for that matter. We all have a personal responsibility to condemn these racist acts and make a resounding statement that this is not the world we wish for our young people.
The marching arts should be a place where all people are welcome and diversity is celebrated. We stand in unity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and all those facing discrimination, hate incidents, fear, and intimidation.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” —Nelson Mandela
For resources on how to report an AAPI hate incident or learn more about how you can help, please visit StopAAPIHate.org.