Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission Stands with the AAPI Community

March 22, 2021

Kentucky Rep. Nima Kulkarni, D-Louisville, along with other leaders and local organizations, gathered at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront park on Sunday, March 21st, to grieve those killed in last Tuesday’s shootings in Atlanta that have rocked the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

Between 2019 and 2020, known attacks against Asian Americans have more than doubled nearly 150% nationwide. The attacks range from verbal and physical, to vandalism of property, and even hate crime. More than 3,800 hate crimes were reported in 2020 against the AAPI community. Bias and discrimination are not new to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, but one factor contributing to the increase has been the deliberate misnaming of Covid-19 to insult those of Asian ancestry and origin since the beginning of the pandemic. Even when bias events aren’t expressly prohibited by law, they harm our entire community and damage relationships between our diverse citizenry.

The Human Relations Commission stands in solidarity with Louisville Metro Government and all its partners in denouncing racism, discrimination, and hate against all AAPI people in our city, and across the United States. The Human Relations Commission remains committed to its mission to eliminate bigotry, bias, and hatred from Louisville, and to enforce anti-discrimination law.

Illegal discrimination and hate crimes are very often underreported. If you have experienced discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, or you’re the victim of a hate crime, please call the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission at 502-574-3631, or email us at [email protected]. Learn more at our website: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/human-relations-commission/services….

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