Statement on Violence Against Asian Americans

The number of violent acts against Asian Americans over the past several months has been vile and horrible. No one should feel afraid to move throughout the world and targeted because of their race. Racially-based violence is unfortunately not a new phenomenon and we are experiencing another wave of horrific crimes that continue to put a negative mark on this country.

We as the people must stand up for the rights and safety of all citizens, regardless of their race, creed, or color. I stand with our Asian brothers and sisters during this dark time. The violence must end now!

Bertram L. Lawson II
President & CEO
YMCA of Central New York