For the Record: Standing up against Asian American hate

MADISON, Wis. — Our country is, or used to be viewed as, the greatest country in the world. It’s where immigrants from all over the world saw a beacon of light shining on the hill giving them hope for a better life.

But hate crimes against Asian Americans skyrocketed in the past year, many of them blamed for the spread of the coronavirus. This hatred goes back at least 175 years to when Chinese immigrants asked to come to the U.S. to help with the gold rush and railroad were met with anger and violence.

Hatred of immigrants is part of the fabric of this country. It’s a difficult topic for many Americans to even discuss, but we all need to talk about it to end the hate.

News 3 Now’s Charlotte Deleste spoke with a handful of Asian Americans in Madison who are all using their voices and own platforms to stand up to racism — from a student at UW-Madison to Madison’s first Asian American state representative.

This special isn’t just about raising awareness; it’s about taking action and stopping the cycle of hatred seen throughout history.