The murder of eight people in metro Atlanta last week—six of them Asian women—was tragic and infuriating, and adds to a shameful, ongoing history of discrimination and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States. In the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has been used by racist opportunists to ridicule and scapegoat Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, stoking hate and inciting thousands of attacks.
For decades, members of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have been vital contributors to the philanthropic work of the Flinn Foundation—as artists and musicians, as researchers in health care and the biosciences, and as participants in programs like the Flinn Scholars and the Flinn-Brown Fellows.
These individuals are part of who we are as an organization. The Flinn Foundation stands with them, with the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and with all those who strive to build an anti-racist culture in Arizona and in our country.