Melissa Borja is one of USA TODAY’s Women of the Year, a recognition of women across the country who have made a significant impact.
“We are paying attention to forms of non-verbal harassment and verbal harassment, not just physical harassment and violence,” Borja said. “Research suggests, pretty compellingly, that it (stigmatizing rhetoric used by politicians) contributes to harm and racist backlash against Asian Americans.”
“I would love for us to not just think about the most extreme version of racism or sexism—which is the murders that we saw this week—but also think about it on a continuum of racialized misogyny and anti-Asian hate that we’ve seen expressed in a variety of ways over the course of the pandemic.”
“We know Asian American women are particularly affected by the past year and the anti-Asian racism that we see associated with the pandemic. The impact is really important, and it’s been really striking to me last night and today how sad they are, how angry they are,” she said. “Earlier today I just got off…