Responding to Racist Violence

LEARN, PRAY, ACT: Resources for Addressing Racist Violence and Police Brutality (Photo: RINGO CHIU | AFP | Getty Images)

A Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and The Episcopal Church:

Wherever and whenever hatred or bigotry rises up and is directed at any child of God, we who follow Jesus of Nazareth and therefore stand for love, must act. We must stand up, speak up and show up. Today we do so with and for our Asian American and Pacific Islander brothers, sisters and siblings. Whatever the motivation of the shooter in Atlanta, we know that we are seeing a dangerous increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: in the past year, Stop AAPI Hate has documented 3,795 incidents. Many of our fellow children of God are living in fear here in the United States, where there is supposed to be liberty and justice for all. We who stand for love must act — we must speak up, stand up and show up. Here are some links to some ways we can do that:

Watch: Stop Asian Hate: National Gathering of Asian Episcopalians and Allies
This is sponsored by the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries (EAM)

Watch: Response to Hatred & Violence Against Asian Americans
Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing

Asian American Episcopalians see Atlanta shootings as latest manifestation of long history of racism
Episcopalians of Asian descent are expressing anguish, fear and an urgent call to end anti-Asian racism after a white man allegedly killed eight people, including six Asian American women, in the Atlanta, Georgia, area on March 16.

Ways to Respond

Learn more about hate crimes
Experts estimate an average of 250,000 hate crimes were committed each year between 2004 and 2015 in the United States. The majority of these were not reported to law enforcement.

Report an incident to Stop AAPI Hate
Our communities stand united against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can stop it.

Hollaback Bystander Intervention Training
Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment — in all its forms. We believe that we all deserve to be who we are, wherever we are. 

In this time of national upheaval, outrage, and fear, The Episcopal Church’s Department of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care and the Office of Government Relations have assembled resources to assist individuals, congregations and communities seeking to LEARN, PRAY and ACT. Please use and share these resources, and send your own resources and stories to Reconciliation, Justice & Creation Care

Consult our Select List of Anti-Racism/Dismantling Racism Training Programs, compiled by The Episcopal Church’s Racial Reconciliation and Justice Team and the Executive Council Committee on Anti-racism and Reconciliation (ECCAR).

Read Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to the Church: When the Cameras are Gone, We Will Still Be Here

Responding to Racist Violence as the People of God
Episcopal News Service article on the call for justice in Minnesota and churchwide