Asian anti-hate discussion at UK
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In light of the explosion in hate crimes in this country against asians and asian-americans, the University of Kentucky held an event to show support for these communities.
A panel of faculty, staff and students discussed their experiences in Lexington and what people can do to help.
One man shared, a co-worker asked if he brought COVID-19 into the hospital.
A UK professor says she always felt safe in Lexington until recently.
Huajing Maske said, “I was very much disturbed by the violence and racism towards asian-american and pacific islanders nationwide however I had a thought, “Hmm, Lexington was an oasis when it comes to anti-asian hate.” How wrong I was.”
She says while she was at an anti-hate rally a couple weeks ago she saw someone commit an act of hate toward an event organizer.
All panel members made a point to remind people that everyone’s experience is different, and just because you don’t see the hate, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.
They say if you see it, speak out.