The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to fostering and supporting a respectful, inclusive, and accessible community of faculty, students, and staff. Thus, the College opposes all racist and xenophobic biases and acts, and is deeply concerned with the recent wave of anti-Asian bias during the current covid-19 pandemic. These biases and acts do not reflect our values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to building an informed and supportive community as a College and University. Given the rise of anti-Asian incidents, we have compiled a preliminary list of resources to provide information on, fight against, and report racist incidents during the current covid-19 crisis:
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- Lexington Police Department
Any disturbing behaviors/actions against you, your family members, or friends
Non-Emergency: (859) 258-3600
Life Threatening, Emergency: 911
- Lexington Human Rights Commission
Denied services, jobs, housing, etc.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky
Denied rights and liberties
- The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) and Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) have launched a reporting center to allow community members to report incidents of hate they have experienced. (Please note that reports on this website do not go to law enforcement) You can find the reporting website here.
- Asian-Americans Advancing Justice Anti-Asian Incident Report
- OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates Hate Incident Report
- Wash the Hate.Com
Resources for Responding to Racism, especially those related to Covid-19
- CDC Statement on Reducing Stigma
- Teaching Tolerance: “How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism,” proposes a four step process for speaking up against racism.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice, list of resources
- National Association of Asian American Professionals COVID-19 Resources
Additional Resources: Readings
Halley, Catherine. 2020. Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus. JSTOR Daily, May 31, 2020
Kendi, Ibram. Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus: New data from 29 states confirm the extent of the racial disparities. The Atlantic. April 14, 2020.
Burton, Nylah. The coronavirus exposes the history of racism and “cleanliness.” Vox. February 7, 2020.
Silverman, Hollie. Navajo Nation surpasses New York state for the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the US. CNN. May 18, 2020.
Sean Illing, “Why Pandemics Activate Xenophobia,” Vox, March 3, 2020.
Janice Gassam, “Stop Using The Coronavirus As An Excuse To Be Racist,” Forbes, March 3, 2020.
Natalie Escobar, “When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus,” NPR, March 4, 2020.
Kimmy Yam, “Trump tweets about coronavirus using term ‘Chinese Virus,’” NBC News, March 16, 2020.
Frank Shyong, “‘It’s just too much’: Asian Americans confront xenophobia, economic devastation and the coronavirus,” Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2020.
Sabrina Tavernise and Richard A. Oppel Jr. “Spit on, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety,” The New York Times, March 23, 2020.
Josh Margolin, “FBI warns of potential surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid coronavirus,” ABC News, March 27, 2020.
Elizabeth Redden, “Scholars v. COVID-19 Racism,” Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2020.
Linda Poon, “What Bigotry Looks Like During Social Distancing,” CityLab, April 5, 2020.
Aaron Thomas, "I'm a black man in America. Entering a shop with a face mask might get me killed," The Guardian, April 7, 2020.
Tracy Jan, "Two black men say they were kicked out of Walmart for wearing protective masks. Others worry it will happen to them," The Washington Post, April 9, 2020.
Derek Bryson Taylor, "For Black Men, Fear That Masks Will Invite Racial Profiling," The New York Times, April 14, 2020.
You can also read the blog post on social stigma surrounding Covid-19 by UK’s Vice President of Institutional Diversity here.
Anti-Racist Resources in Spanish
Anti-Racist Teaching Resources
“Talking About Race,” from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Institute
Center for the Enhancenment of Teaching and Learning: Equity and Inclusion Resources
A&S Talks, Podcasts, and Videos