By Melody Hahm / YahooNews
Unprovoked attacks targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have skyrocketed in recent months, prompting the public to demand that brands and their leaders speak up to denounce these hate crimes.
Over the weekend, Facebook (FB) hosted two Instagram live conversations to amplify “voices from the AAPI [Asian Pacific American] community.” Facebook’s global head of social Eric Toda spoke with Nobel Peace Prize nominee and political activist Amanda Nguyễn and Benny Luo, the founder of NextShark, a news site dedicated to Asian American issues. “At Facebook, we condemn the violence against the Asian American community happening right now, at the beginning of the pandemic and forever,” Toda said on Friday.
In a separate conversation on Sunday, Facebook’s ad agency partner Kelsey Gamblin interviewed Gold House founder Bing Chen and Aarti Kohli, the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Asian Law Caucus.
The rising violence against the Asian community is a painful & urgent reminder that we must unite against racism in all its forms. There is no place for hate in our society. The team at Apple stands together & we will be donating to groups providing support to those affected.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 15, 2021