ABOTA condemns racism, xenophobia and misogyny

DALLAS (March 23, 2021) — The escalating acts of anti-Asian bias, xenophobia and harassment culminated in the murders of eight people, six of whom were of Asian descent, in Atlanta last week. It is apparent that during the COVID-19 pandemic, inflammatory incidents have put Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons, families, communities, and businesses at risk.  The nonprofit organization, Stop AAPI Hate Crime, reports 3,800 attacks against Asian-Americans in all 50 states in just the past 12 months. The pattern of verbal and physical attacks against people of Asian descent nationally, as well as the specific recent violence against elderly Asian Americans, is born of racism and xenophobia. This most recent shooting spree adds misogyny to the reprehensible mix and demonstrates the demoralizing and dehumanizing effect of bigoted thinking that devalues the lives of Asian females.

The National Board of Directors of ABOTA has consistently condemned all forms of racism, as demonstrated by its adoption of Resolution 54 — “ABOTA condemns all forms of racism, religious bigotry, hatred and discrimination.”  Now, we once again raise our united voice clearly and without equivocation to condemn all forms of racism, xenophobia and misogyny, whether explicit or implicit, conscious or unconscious, individual or institutional, against any person.  As trial lawyers who took an oath to support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, including the Seventh Amendment right to jury trials, the American Board of Trial Advocates is a defender of humanity, equality and justice.

We stand as allies against bigotry as well as the inattention and inaction that have tacitly tolerated the intolerable.  We call for solidarity in denouncing hate speech and violence against people of Asian descent. Only through direct action, education, and swift justice will the tide of such hatred turn in our great country.  

The American Board of Trial Advocates is a national association of 7,600 civil trial lawyers, representing both plaintiff and defense, and judges with 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

Grace Weatherly
National President