Dr. Bertin, please speak up for the Cushing Asian community.

Dr. Bertin, please speak up for the Cushing Asian community.

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William Ludwig started this petition to Dr. Bertin and

Since the beginning of February 2020, the outbreak of COVID-19 has aroused the hatred attitudes against the Asian communities in North America and Britain. Several politicians  referred the virus as “Chinavirus” and had extremely negative impacts on the Asian community. At the Cushing campus, countless harassment towards Asian occurred both in-person and digitally from a dozen of racist students.

One year later, on March 16th of 2021, the Atlanta shooting happened with 8 victim being shot due to the weird and extreme attitudes towards Asian people. There was also violence against several Asian elders...violence intruded Asian people’s basic human rights to live freely and persuade happiness.

A majority of Asian students and parents at Cushing does not feel safe in such a hostile and aggressive environment. It is UNACCEPTABLE for the school officials to remain silent—ignoring Asian people’s feelings is a form of racism. As Dr. Martin Luther King stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere”, we the Asian students of Cushing Academy are demanding Dr. Bertin to speak up for our community—so we Asian students at Cushing can finally feel safe as penguins in such an aggressive geopolitical environment.

Once again, we Asian penguins appreciate Cushing Academy for offering a diverse and artistic study environment and social life. Asian people makes up more than 1/3 of our school’s student population. We not only created a diverse student body, but also brought amazing cuisines including dumplings and boba tea. During fundraising events, we Asian parents are an essential source of donations. We Asian penguins adores our campus and truly love our school.

Sincerely, to stop the hate against Asian people at Cushing, we are demanding Dr. Bertin to address the current racial issues towards the Asian community in the United States. May is the month to celebrate the Asian-Pacific American heritage.

People are not viruses, hate is.

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