March 19, 2021
by AIA New York
AIANY Chapter BLACK RED WHITE

The recent surge of violence against the Asian community across the country is not only symptomatic of America’s deeply rooted legacy of racism, but also of an atmosphere of indifference towards anti-Asian sentiment. These reprehensible behaviors have escalated during the pandemic, leading to the recent murders in Georgia of primarily women of Asian descent. We must condemn all actions, large and small, that perpetuate racist, misogynistic, and discriminatory behaviors, promote physical and verbal violence, and contribute to a climate of fear and racial terror.

As such, AIA New York remains committed to investigating and addressing how the frameworks and structures in our profession ultimately allow for bias and injustice to take root, both within our practices and the buildings and spaces we design. The most recent attacks should be seen as an inflection point; it is essential that we better understand how belonging to multiple marginalized identities can increase vulnerability and harm. We underscore our own role—as individuals, as a membership organization, and as a community—in working towards the dismantling of all structures of oppression.

Read AIA National’s statement.

View a list of resources and ways to support Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities.

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