STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
A message from the Board of Directors to our membership community
We Stand Against Violence & Hate Crimes
We are saddened to learn of the heinous and senseless killing of eight people in Atlanta, including six women of Asian descent. Sadly, this incident is not an isolated event. Since the onset of the pandemic, hate crimes against Asians have risen at an alarming rate.
In total, 7,314 hate crimes were committed last year—the highest number recorded since 2008—according to the FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA) report. Of notably persisting relevance and concern: of the 4,930 victims of reported hate crimes motivated by race or ethnicity, 48.5% were “victims of crimes motivated by offenders’ anti-Black or African American bias (source).”
More broadly, over the course of the pandemic, we have sadly borne witness to rising levels of xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism as well.
CFA Society New York, with one of the most diverse membership bases across the CFA community, stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, the African American community, and all those targeted and affected by hate crimes. We condemn any act of violence, discrimination, and racism.
We recognize that action means more than words. We act as allies to our members in providing an objective and inclusive forum for industry practitioners to exchange knowledge and best practices in diversity and inclusion initiatives. We will do more and continue to seek opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in our industry by working with our partners on related efforts and programming. More details about our Diversity & Inclusion Forum (DIF) here.
- Board of Directors
CFA Society New York