May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We at ysp Digital are sending a call to action: everyone must band together against the hatred plaguing the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities. As COVID-19 ravaged the country in 2020, hate towards the AAPI community spread like wildfire.

Over the past year, there has been an alarming spike in hate crimes targeting the AAPI community. According to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 339% in 2021 alone. We must stand against prejudice, ignorance, and hate that fuel deadly racism.

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”

~ Maya Angelou

Racism and prejudice are barriers to progress. We must stand firm and advocate for ending hate, racism, prejudice, and discrimination—anything that obstructs our potential and unity as a people.

Like Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

Remember that the real work begins with us as individuals, don’t be a bystander. Speak out when you see injustice and become the change we need to see. 

ysp Digital Agency stands united with the Asian American and Pacific Islander American community to help amplify this message to end the violence and hatred. As a multicultural agency, we exist because of the collaboration of diverse minds, perspectives, and backgrounds. 

We stand in solidarity with our AAPI brothers and sisters and encourage everyone to become an ally. Only when we band together through advocacy and allyship can we form a united front against ignorance, intolerance, and hatred.

If you want to learn more or find ways to help those affected by these violent attacks against Asian and Asian Pacific Islander Americans, please check out the links below.

Bystander Intervention Guide 

Stand Against Hatred

Stop AAPI Hate

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