A group of sixteen Asian Americans have joined forces to speak out about the racist stance that is currently being taken against the population in the United States. Through a video that features actors, journalists, and social media influencers, they encourage Americans to stand up to the hatred the group has suffered during COVID-19. Actress Lucy Liu (51) and actor Ken Jeong (51), among others, took part in the panel.

“Instead of working together, a scapegoat has been designated for this pandemic, resulting in hate crimes against Asian Americans.”

“As a community, we are experiencing a very difficult time because of the coronavirus. Instead of working together, a scapegoat has been designated for this pandemic, resulting in ‘hate crimes’ against Asian Americans. Think of verbal abuse, racial profiling and even physical violence. Everyone is stressed because of COVID-19, but this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated. We are all Americans and we must do it together, “said Gabrielle Carteris, president of the SAG-AFTRA, the union of actors, journalists, artists, represents singers and other media professionals.

One of the reasons Asian Americans are taunted, verbally abused, or attacked is because President Trump labeled the coronavirus as “that China virus” every day, something his followers assume of him. “Stop xenophobia, stop stigmatization and stop hatred,” says Ken Jeong.