End the Virus of Racism is a pan-East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) intergenerational group of community workers, activists, researchers, professionals and artists - both of migrant and second-generation backgrounds - who formed a mutual aid group in May 2020. We are fundraising to build the UK's first not-for-profit, intersectional organisation, dedicated to redressing systemic anti-ESEA racisms and progressing anti-racist conversations within our communities. This is a movement led by people of ESEA heritage, primarily for people of ESEA heritage.
From January-March this year, reported hate crimes against Chinese and Southeast Asians tripled. In May, Human Rights Watch identified globalised patterns in intensifying anti-Asian and other racisms during COVID-19, and warned that governments had fuelled such xenophobia. Recently in the US, a resolution condemning anti-Asian rhetoric and calling for stronger measures to combat racism, was tabled by the Democrats and passed. At home, Sarah Owen MP has regularly raised how leaders’ rhetoric and racialised COVID-19 discourses have “lifted the lid on” pre-existing anti-Asian racism. The issue of British media coverage of coronavirus-related news featuring a disproportionately high number of ESEA people in accompanying visual imagery - furthering the stigmatisation of ESEA communities - was raised in Parliament in July. You can sign the related petition here: https://www.change.org/p/stop-depicting-east-south-east-asians-in-coronavirus-related-media
There is a long history of anti-ESEA discrimination in the UK which our campaign is committed to tackling. Racism in British society against East and Southeast Asians manifests not only in increased hate incidents in 2020, but structurally: the underrepresentation of ESEA people in government and politics, the bamboo ceiling and the normalisation of abuse and stereotyping toward our communities. Please consider supporting our campaign and donating to our crowdfunder: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/endthevirusofracism. Only when all contribute their firewood can we build up a strong fire.