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File #: RES 20-621    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 4/8/2020
Title: Condemning xenophobia and racism against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the City of Saint Paul.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Mitra Jalali, Dai Thao, Rebecca Noecker, Chris Tolbert, Nelsie Yang, Jane L. Prince
Condemning xenophobia and racism against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the City of Saint Paul.

WHEREAS, Novel COVID-19 is galvanizing xenophobia and racism against our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities; and

WHEREAS, this modern form of discrimination falls within a long-established historical pattern of scapegoating or characterizing Asians as foreign, invasive threats, or as “the other” that has contributed to demonstrated negative health effects in our AAPI communities; and

WHEREAS, communities are shifting to a new normal to respond to COVID-19, but AAPI Minnesotans also now indicate that their safety is compromised because of increasing xenophobic and racist behaviors; and

WHEREAS, the use of anti-Asian terminology and rhetoric related to COVID-19, such as the “Chinese Virus”, “Wuhan Virus”, and “Kung-flu” have perpetuated anti-Asian stigma; and

WHEREAS, stories are emerging about harassment, discrimination, and bias that is making AAPI community members feel targeted; and

WHEREAS, since January 2020, there has been a dramatic increase in reports of hate crimes and incidents against those of AAPI descent; and

WHEREAS, according to Stop AAPI Hate, there were over 1,000 cases related to COVID-19 anti-Asian discrimination between March 19, 2020, and March 31, 2020, across the United States; and

WHEREAS, the increased use of anti-Asian rhetoric has resulted in Asian Americans being harassed, assaulted, and scapegoated for the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS in March 2020, anti-Asian violence includes: a woman wearing a mask was kicked and punched at a New York City subway station; two children and two adults were stabbed at a wholesale grocery in Midland, Texas; a couple was assaulted and robbed by a group of attackers in Philadelphia; and a 16-year-old boy was sent to the hospital after being attacked by bullies in Los Angeles, California; and

WHEREAS, the City’s AAPI residents are valued contribut...

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