COVID-19 has created a lot of fear and anxiety amongst the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) population because the community is being unfairly scapegoated for the virus. Many AAPIs have experienced racism in different forms, from being yelled at and called racial slurs to being told to go back to their country. AAPIs now worry to go out in public due to the possibility of facing racism, harassment, and physical harm.
CYC strongly believes in equality and firmly stands against any and all forms of racism. We believe ending racism starts with education. Teaching youth about the dangers of racism is part of our core fabric and the reason why we are partnering with Beyond Differences for a campaign called “Know Your Classmates.” The campaign’s objective is to create a nationwide advocacy movement where youth learn to reject hateful rhetoric and advocate for tolerance and acceptance. To find out more about the campaign, please visit Beyond Differences.
We are actively recruiting educators to become a part of the campaign for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are an educator who is interested in learning more about the campaign, or in including the “Know Your Classmates” curriculum in your class, please click this link.
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