COVID-19 has created a lot of fear and anxiety amongst the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) population because the community is being unfairly targeted and scapegoated for the virus. Many AAPIs have experienced racism in different forms from being yelled at, called racial slurs, to being told to go back to their country. There is an outright worry for AAPIs to go out in public due to the possibility of facing racism, being harassed, and physically harmed.
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 were are partnering with Beyond Differences for a campaign called “Know Your Classmates.” The campaign’s objective is to create a nation wide advocacy campaign where youth will 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 that is interested in including the “Know Your Classmates” curriculum with your class and to learn more about the campaign please click this link.