Rebecca Yan created a piece that encourages people to fight against racially-based attacks, and also educate others on how wrong it is to blame and mistreat someone.
Due to the Asian American attacks that are happening because of the spread of COVID-19, I wanted to create a piece that shed light on the harassment and hurt that many Asians are currently facing. I wanted to spread a message of how each person in the AAPI community is special in their own way, and to not let the discrimination, judgement, and racism stop them from having a voice of their own and standing up for what they believe is right. This piece is meant to encourage people to fight against the attacks, and also educate others on how wrong it is to blame and mistreat someone because of the color of their skin.
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