Asian hate crimes are on the rise, what you can do to help…

Inclusivity and equality are core values for us here at Carbon On Campus. Carbon writer, Anna Baker shares her experience in taking part in a virtual run in solidarity with Dr Wang. A Southampton University lecturer who was a victim in a brutal racist attack whilst out on a run in Woolston, Southampton in broad daylight a week ago today.

Dr Peng Wang, 37, was out for an afternoon jog in Southampton on the 23rd of February, when three men started to shout racial abuse at him from a car and then proceeded to get out and brutally attack him, resulting in Dr Wang being hospitalised. To show solidarity and compassion many running groups in and around Southampton, such as RunTalkRun, are taking part in a virtual run today, 2nd March 2021. I spoke to members of RunTalkRun Southampton Alice and David Baker, Alice said, “As part of the running community in Southampton, David and I were appalled by the attack on Dr Wang. We took part in this virtual even to show our support that racism is not acceptable in any form. We will always stand in solidarity against violence, bigotry and oppression and we hope Southampton show their unity against this by wearing red and running for Dr Wang”.

This online campaign was started by the groups Southampton Stand Up To Racism and the Chinese Association of Southampton and is happening all day today. This event is open to everyone to come together and show support and love to Dr Wang and his family. To get involved in this event all you need to do is:

  • Go for a walk or run, any distance you would like.
  • Wear a red item of clothing or accessory.
  • Take a photo or selfie including a homemade placard, if you can, with the following: ‘Solidarity with #DrWang’ and ‘Stand Up To Racism’.
  • Post your picture to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DrWang
  • Then finally tag Southampton Stand Up To Racism and Chinese Association of Southampton. Facebook – @ChineseSoton / @SouthamptonSUTR. Instagram – @southampton_sutr.

There has been a 21% increase in Asian hate crimes in the United Kingdom since the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, these attacks are both online and offline and its completely unacceptable. Taking part in virtual events and educating yourself on how to stand up to racism is so important when showing support and solidarity.

Carbon writer Anna Baker after taking part in the virtual run

Personally, I stand up and act against oppression of any form so it was important for me to take part in the virtual run today and raise the awareness of the shocking attack that happened. Join me if you can in sharing Dr Wang’s story and showing solidarity.

We stand against all racism at Carbon, our love and support goes to Dr Wang and his family at this difficult time.

For more information on how to stand up to racism and support our communities click here.

If you are struggling or are affected by hate crime check out these websites and helplines for more information:

Written by Anna Baker