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Minneapolis superintendent condemns growing racism against Asian-American students, families

Asian Americans are being increasingly targeted over the coronavirus.

Aside from the supply shortages and business closures, Minneapolis is seeing another apparent side effect of the coronavirus: a rise in racism in its schools. 

For the second time this month, Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Ed Graff has issued a statement calling on the community to stand against racism "directed toward our Asian American students, staff, families and neighbors":

He says the school system "expressly condemns the growing number of racist and xenophobic attacks being directed toward Asian Americans here and across the country," Graff wrote, noting that this message was first sent earlier in March. 

Graff also called on members of the community to band together in a time of crisis: 

"We must not let fears or misinformation about the COVID-19 virus separate us. Only together we will weather this crisis. Only together can we remain."

This comes amid a documented rise in hate crimes against Asian-Americans, stoked by fears of the coronavirus, which originated in China. 

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is also encouraging Minnesotans to report cases of hate and discrimination, noting: "In moments of fear and uncertainty, it's unfortunately common to see heightened incidents of discrimination, bias, and hate crimes occur.

"And right now we’re hearing from our Asian American community that it is experiencing backlash due to COVID -19. This is not acceptable."

You can report incidents here, by email at, and by phone 651-539-1133 or 1-800-657-3704.

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