Source: Hotel Business
by Gregg Wallis
March 22, 2021
The U.S. has seen a rash of anti-Asian violence since the pandemic began, with a study from California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism finding that documented attacks on Asians rose by nearly 150% in the previous year.
Businesses across the country are condemning the Asian-targeted violence, using the hashtag #StopAsianHate in social in support of the cause. Hotel Business reached out to industry organizations and brands to get their thoughts.
“The troubling increase in violence against Asian-Americans must stop now,” said Cecil P. Staton, president/CEO of AAHOA. “Violence has no place in our society—especially when the attackers target victims because of the way they look, their culture or their heritage. As a nation and as a people, we can only reach our full potential when we treat our fellow citizens and guests with the dignity and respect that we expect from others. Ignorance and the racial hatred it breeds is a virus. Americans of all backgrounds have an obligation to call out racial hatred and discrimination when they see or hear it. In doing so, we can help educate those who do not yet understand the fundamental equality that is the foundation of our society.”