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How To Combat Anti-Asian Hate And Intervene As Bystanders

What should you do if you witness racism or harassment? Local and national experts walk us through bystander intervention training, and follow up on the rise of anti-Asian hate incidents since the pandemic.


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Houstonians rallied at Discovery Green to condemn anti-Asian hate on March 20th, 2021.


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Hate behavior continues to happen all around us – be it overt or subtle – and it takes us all to stop it.

Incidents of physical assault toward Asian Americans have been on the rise and in the headlines since the pandemic.

But it's not always violence – it's also verbal abuse, racist language and microaggression.

Today, we look at tools for anti-racism and bystander intervention.

Experts are here to help us recognize identity-based harassment and successfully shut it down.

Plus, we follow up on the rise of anti-Asian hate since the pandemic.

What is currently happening nationally and locally?

And what does this moment of AAPI awareness show us about historic racism and attitudes against these communities?

Debbie Chen

Liz Peterson

Dax Valdes

Resources: – Free bystander training – National resources and initiatives – Report hate crimes, harassments
Additional resources for harassment on the street, online and in the workplace

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