Statement on the recent anti-Asian attacks
Teamsters Local 2010 mourns the loss of life in this week’s racist attacks on women of Asian descent in Atlanta and condemns in the strongest terms the wave of anti-Asian hatred and violence over the past year. Racism and prejudice against people of Asian descent has a long history in American culture, dating back to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 and even before, but the bigoted rhetoric spread by some politicians since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic have led to more verbal and physical attacks on Asian and Asian-American community members than seen in years.
Teamsters Local 2010 rejects this racism and stands with all the activists, community leaders, and individual victims of violence allied against it.
We especially condemn the politicians who continue to stoke hatred against Asians and other immigrant communities, including falsely blaming the Chinese people for the pandemic. This rhetoric has led directly to the attacks in Atlanta, and furthermore to the rash of attacks on Asian and Asian-American women and seniors we have seen in the Bay Area. This violence has no place in our communities or our country, and Teamsters Local 2010 is committed to combatting it in every workplace we represent.