CPA Statement on Atlanta Killings Print

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The Cleveland Psychological Association is saddened by the murder of eight people, six of whom were Asian American, in Atlanta. Their names are Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng. We recognize this is part of a pattern of violence and hate directed towards the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the United States. As you may be aware, attacks against the AAPI community in our country have grown at an alarming rate (nearly 2,000% in some areas of the country) in the past year. We unequivocally condemn these acts of violence and hate in the strongest terms. We recognize the traumatic impact of racial prejudice and xenophobia on the AAPI community. We encourage those who are experiencing the aftereffects of these acts of violence to stay connected to their friends and family, to decrease their exposure to the news, and to seek avenues of support to help talk about and process their feelings. We encourage our members to take action by staying informed, calling out racism, reporting incidents, and honoring the grief and fear held by AAPI individuals.

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