New York, N.Y. – Theta Delta Sigma calls for compassion and solidarity as incidences of racism, discrimination, and hate towards people of Asian descent have increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As an organization committed to multiculturalism, Theta Delta Sigma advocates for the strength that diversity brings to our communities. During this time of uncertainty, we are asking our siblings, friends, and community members to stand together against the widespread acts of racism and xenophobia. We are calling for the spread of compassion versus fear and hate.
Since the first case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was reported in the United States, there have been reports of over 1,000 anti-Asian incidents. Bias incidents are a crime on human dignity and everyone has the right to feel safe. If you are the target of bias or are witness to a hate crime:
- Assess if the situation is safe for you; if it is, say something – call out and correct prejudice.
- Be an ally. Small gestures go a long way. Simply standing by or staying close to a victim can be comforting and may help to diffuse a situation.
- If the situation is unsafe, consider calling the police and reporting the incident to Stop AAPI Hate.
Although COVID-19 is upending normalcy, decency and compassion must continue. Let’s care for one another and look out for each other, because if there is one thing we have learned from this outbreak, it’s that we are all in this together.
Founded in 2001, Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc. is a national organization built upon the values of leadership, diversity, unity, and respect. Since inception, Theta Delta Sigma has been a partner in the fraternal movement, an advocate for equality, and a recognized contributor to raising multicultural awareness. We are a stand for a transformed world where all people are united and everyone can thrive. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.