Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Statement
Association of Chinese Helping Professionals and Psychologists—International (ACHPPI)
June 3, 2020
For centuries, “silence is golden” has been advocated and practiced among Chinese around the globe, for achieving calmness and peace in one’s mind. Today, we, as the Association of Chinese Helping Professionals and Psychologists – International (ACHPPI) could no longer remain silent. We recognize that collective silence contributes to the systemic injustice and institutional oppression that racial and ethnic minorities in the United States face, especially in the Black community. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are just a few of the many lives that have been lost to anti-Black oppression and violence. We want them and their families to know that we see you, hear you, and stand with you. We mourn with you and join you in your grief.
We recognize that racism is at the root of such violence committed against people of color. It is also the root of discrimination against immigrants of color, refugees, and individuals with international backgrounds. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the climate of hate created by extremists and political party leaders. They have directly or indirectly encouraged hate crimes, racism, or xenophobia by using anti-Chinese rhetoric as well as amplifying white supremacist and anti-immigrant sentiments. Countless individuals of color encountered racist attacks, lost properties, or even lives. It is pivotal that we all recognize violence only begets more violence. Racist and hatred violent behaviors against people of color need to stop.
We also acknowledge that discrimination is not unique to the United States or Western societies. Overt and covert discrimination is ubiquitous in China as well as other countries and areas. Discrimination based on region of origin, social class, skin color, and sexual identity occur on a daily basis. Recently, there has even been discrimination against patients contracted with coronavirus, their families, and individuals from epidemic affected areas in China. The series of events has prompted us to reflect on our social responsibilities as psychologists, clinicians, researchers, and educators.
As a professional organization, we stand ready to add our voice to advocate for social justice and to promote a healthy and equitable world that embraces diversity and inclusion. We call for taking action against inequality and injustice while respecting the essential worth of all human beings. We propose to organize forums to start engaging in meaningful dialogues and reflection on discrimination and social justice issues. We also encourage members of ACHPPI to take action through non-violent means to establish a healthy and caring society that we all love.