Perkins Coie LLP stands against hate, racism, xenophobia, and discrimination in any form and against any person, and specifically condemns the alarming rise in racially motivated incidents against Asians and Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 3,000 recorded hate incidents against Asians and AAPIs. This is merely the tip of the iceberg, however—a vast majority of incidents go unreported due to reasons such as distrust of law enforcement and cultural norms. Recent reported incidents include the following:

  • In San Francisco, an 84-year old Thai American died when he was slammed to the ground.
  • In New York, a 61-year old Filipino American was slashed in the face on the subway.
  • In Oakland, a 91-year old Chinese American was thrown to the ground in an attempted robbery.
  • In New York, a 36-year old Chinese American was stabbed in the back, sustaining critical injuries.

Unfortunately, racism against Asians and AAPIs is not new and has deep and disgraceful roots in American history. State actions such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Alien Exclusion Act of 1904, the Alien Land Law of 1913, the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, racially motivated violence such as the murder of Vincent Chin in 1982, and anti-Muslim violence after 9/11 are merely a few examples of how the AAPI community has long been unfairly blamed, targeted, and punished for the country’s ills. And, the “model minority” myth and the “perpetual foreigner” stereotype of AAPIs continue to breed resentment and further divide our nation.

Simply put, the blame and the hate must stop. We stand in solidarity with the Asian and AAPI community, including our clients and colleagues, and actively ally ourselves with all communities in ending hate and racism of all forms against all communities. Through our pro bono work and community involvement, we have long been engaged in efforts to address and correct discriminatory policies and practices. Recent events remind us that there is much work to be done to build a more just and equal society. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing racial equity and equality.

Perkins Coie stands with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and others in the legal community in calling for action and promoting unity during this difficult time.