December 16, 2015

Anti-Muslim hate and bigotry has no place in our communities, no place on the campaign trail, and no place in the minds of current or future policymakers. Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) stands firmly alongside Muslim, Sikh, Arab, and South Asian Americans—communities that are currently experiencing elevated levels of profiling, discrimination, and hate crimes when such a rhetoric of hate grips the national discourse.

Many of these communities affected by anti-Muslim hate are Asian American, but more importantly, American. We have learned from our collective histories that such hate and hysteria leads to treacherous outcomes. Painting Muslim Americans as the foreign other is a painful reminder of such xenophobia strewn across American history. 

Calls for a ban on Muslims entering the United States reminds us of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 that banned entry into the America on the singular basis of race and national origin. Calls for Muslims to be singled out and identified within American communities reminds us of Japanese Internment in World War II—where over 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly incarcerated though many were U.S. citizens. 

Using such a rhetoric of hate, fear, and bigotry to advance any political standing is unacceptable. The elevated levels of anti-Muslim hate currently on the campaign trail by individuals that may become America’s next president is disgraceful and dangerous. These are not the values of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community, and certainly not the values of the American society.

Today on December 16th at 1PM, APIAVote joins our allies at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and other AANHPI organizations at the National Japanese American Memorial in Washington, D.C. to take a stand against anti-Muslim bigotry.

We call upon all candidates and our elected officials across the country to stand against anti-Muslim hate, and demonstrate true leadership by standing with these communities threatened by fear, suspicion, and violence.


Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) is a national nonpartisan organization that works with community partners in 22 states to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in electoral and civic participation. APIAVote works to expand the AAPI electorate through voter registration, education, and get-out-the-vote-field activities. We also conduct research and polling, a voter protection program, leadership trainings, and youth engagement in an effort to amplify AAPI voices. We envision a world that is inclusive, fair, and collaborative—where AAPI communities are self-determined, empowered, and engaged.

Contact: Alton Wang
Communications and Development Associate