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We Stand With Coach Yim: Stop Asian Hate

The Portland Trail Blazers’ assistant coach used a halftime interview with Brooke Olzendam to draw attention to the rise in hate crimes committed against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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As is standard, reporter Brooke Olzendam conducted a halftime interview with a member of the Portland Trail Blazers’ coaching staff, and assistant coach Jonathan Yim used his platform to speak out against the increase in hate crimes perpetuated against members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to address the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, especially those against the elderly and women. This year made me realize how important it is to use my voice, to raise awareness and to fight against hate and injustice against all races including the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Each of us must do our part to create a community that celebrates diversity, equality, and inclusion. If we do that, we are stronger together.”

After the murders of six Asian women in Atlanta and numerous assaults against people in the AAPI community, it is more important than ever that we use our platforms to speak out against injustice, racism, hate, and violence. Here at Blazer’s Edge, we stand with Coach Yim and hope to elevate his message to stop Asian hate.