WASHINGTON, March 18, 2021 – Following escalating anti-Asian sentiment and violence across the country, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) denounced recent attacks targeting Asian-Americans. These incidents have surged since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, with thousands of reported acts of hate against Asian Americans since early 2020.
“The increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans is abhorrent and unacceptable,” said Cid Wilson, president and CEO of HACR. “Comprehensive action needs to be taken in the public and private sectors to address the systemic racism that perpetuates this type of behavior. HACR stands with our brothers and sisters in the Asian American community who have been repeatedly victimized. We must #StopAsianHate.”
HACR is particularly troubled by the mass shooting on March 17 in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of whom were of Asian descent. The organization calls on law enforcement to prosecute this and other acts of hate crimes to the fullest extent of the law.
Further, while we commend the majority of corporations who do not advertise on anti-diversity media platforms, we suggest that all companies review with whom they advertise to ensure they are not funding media sites and platforms that promote false, prejudicial information which contributes to the growth of hate crimes and violence against people of color.
Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is the nation’s leading corporate advocacy organization representing 14 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America in the areas of Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance. Through our corporate leadership advancement programs, Symposium best practice conferences, research initiatives, and public communications, HACR is illuminating The Power of Hispanic Inclusion™ throughout Corporate America.