The appalling outbreak of targeted violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders here in New York and elsewhere in our country must stop immediately. Speaking for the entire Hunter College family, we condemn it in the strongest possible terms and urge that every resource available to the city, state, and federal governments be marshaled to prevent it. Such cruelty is simply intolerable in this proud nation of immigrants. We are reminded again that we must vigilantly protect the rights of people of all backgrounds and resist any and all attempts to pit people against each other, or unconscionably scapegoat individuals or groups as we emerge from this painful year of social isolation.
Here at Hunter College, proud home of the Asian-American Studies Program and Center and the Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP), we treasure our campus-wide dedication to opportunity for all—a tradition that began at our founding in 1870. By celebrating diversity and inclusion, we condemn discrimination. By defending the rights and safety of all we truly live up to our motto: “Mihi cura futuri, the care of the future is mine.”