March 22, 2021 - Statement from Pacific Swimming's Athlete Committee Regarding Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate Crimes
Pacific Swimming Community -
Over the course of the pandemic and the past year, hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have risen 150% since 2019. The lives taken in Atlanta on March 16 brought to light the discrimination and violence the Asian communities have faced for generations. A “bad day” could never justify a crime. However, while hate crimes of this severity don’t happen often, members of the AAPI community constantly face microaggressions and other forms of discrimination.
As Pacific Swimming we stand with the AAPI community and are committed to amplifying all voices. Changes need to be made to address the systemic racism against the AAPI community in our country. We can be the generation to make these changes and hold those who came before us accountable. The Athlete’s Committee encourages all members of Pacific Swimming to go beyond social media and start in the pool. Let’s engage in uncomfortable conversations with teammates, coaches, and families. For next steps, please use the resources in the Linktree.
- The Pacific Swimming Athlete Committee