Our country has a lot of healing to do and it’s upsetting that we’re here again. Eight people were murdered in Georgia. Seven of them were women, six of whom were of Asian descent. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun González, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Elcias R Hernandez-Ortiz, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, and Yong Ae Yue.
Violence against the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community – especially women in this community – is not new, and unfortunately it has escalated at an alarming and unsettling rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a co-founder of EarnUp, I am committed to fighting racism in all forms. And as a company, we’ve continued our commitment to do more for communities who have been systematically excluded, bullied, and marginalized.
We recognize the need for each of us to be proactive members of our communities. Internally, we have hosted sessions on the state of inclusion in the financial services industry, gender bias, and racism. Right now, we’re expanding this to address recent events and how racist actions have impacted housing, safety, and inclusion for the AAPI community.
And we’re continuing to promote an open, compassionate workplace so that EarnUp employees have the space they need to process these unsettling, violent acts and to engage with friends, family members, and loved ones.
We also understand the need to report, track, and document attacks on the AAPI community. We’re encouraging our employees and those in our networks to actively use reporting resources like the ones found on Stop AAPI Hate.
I am hopeful that the attention given to these attacks will lead to serious and lasting change. We have a long way to go. At EarnUp we’ve made the decision to take steps that can lead to change. We know these steps are small relative to the larger issues – we all need to start somewhere. Please email me at [email protected] if you would like to partner with us on any current or future initiatives.