March 18, 2021
The murders in Georgia this week were horrific acts of racist and misogynist violence targeting Asian Americans. They were not isolated incidents, but the latest manifestation of the prejudice and injustice Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have experienced across centuries in this country. The Stuart Foundation and Dwight Stuart Youth Fund condemn these hateful acts, both now and in the past – and we stand in solidarity with those who face systemic racism and oppression.
While the pandemic has altered all of our lives, we’ve been outraged by the ruthless inequities of its impact – starkly unequal deaths and suffering, and unequal disruptions to education, daily routines and safety. As reported to Stop AAPI Hate, in the past year of heightened rhetoric surrounding COVID-19, there have been 3,800 incidents of violence directed against Asian Americans, with 45% of those incidents occurring in California – while many more likely go unreported.
Our state is home to nearly six million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and we owe it to our young people to know, name, and address the realities of their lives. We are especially grateful to our grantee partners who work daily to create inclusive, welcoming schools and communities where youth learn and feel empowered, and where their whole selves are protected and embraced.
President, Stuart Foundation
Director of Programs, Stuart Foundation
Director of Strategy, Effectiveness and Learning, Stuart Foundation
Director, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Postscript: On March 26, 2021, we joined in this important effort, A Call for Solidarity and Collective Action: Asian American Philanthropy Letter of Intention, from Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. We are intent on working in collaboration with the hundreds of leaders who have also signed to enact this commitment.
The Stuart Foundation (California and Washington State) and the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund (Los Angeles) are sister foundations that collaborate and share the goals of improving life outcomes for young people through education and enrichment, with a focus on children furthest from opportunity.