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TESOL Supports Anti-Discrimination Resolution in U.S. House of Representatives

by David Cutler | 04/30/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing number of incidents involving discrimination against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, TESOL International Association (TESOL) has endorsed House Resolution 908, “Condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19.”

As the number of cases of COVID-19 have increased in the United States, so have the reports of hate crimes, harassment, and discrimination against those of Asian descent. Many Asian-Americans, who find themselves on the front lines of fighting this pandemic as doctors, nurses, and first responders, have been unjustly scapegoated for the pandemic, and have been subjected to hurtful slurs and dangerous rhetoric. These actions and incidents of hate cannot be tolerated and must be denounced at all levels of government and society.

At its core, TESOL is an organization that values diversity, multiculturalism, and multilingualism. As the world faces uncertain and difficult times, we know that we must come together not only as English language teachers and professionals, but as members of a global society that does not tolerate such harmful language and behavior. TESOL now calls on all local, state, and national leaders to denounce any acts of discrimination against Asian-Americans, and ensure that the health and safety of all citizens and residents, regardless of background, is prioritized above all else.