April 05, 2021
California Medical Association President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., issued the following statement in response to recent violence and hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
“The California Medical Association (CMA) is one of many groups standing in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, especially at this time. Over the last year, we have seen an appalling rise in anti-AAPI hate crimes, two of the latest including a fatal mass shooting in the state of Georgia and a vicious attack on an elderly woman in New York.
These events are just two of many that have occurred at staggering and increasing rates in the last year in what appears to be a culmination of hate left to fester and propagate amidst a year filled with misinformation, xenophobia and outright racism. Too many of these incidents are in our own communities. Stop AAPI Hate, an organization that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, issued a report documenting the incidents reported to it between March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021. California had the highest number of reported cases, over 1,500. CMA condemns all of these heinous and intolerable acts.
CMA has been clear in calling out racism that is endemic to the United States and called on ourselves and each other to do more to address the cultural cancers that foment racial violence. The work of eradicating this hate begins with examining and challenging the state of our own environments and profession.”