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NORC Statement on Anti-Asian Violence in America

Press Release

CHICAGO, March 18, 2021 – This week’s shocking acts of murder in Atlanta of eight people—most of whom were Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AAPI)—once again shines a light on the deeply abhorrent pattern of violence in this country, much of it directed at people of color. Collectively, we are shocked, saddened, and angry about these events, especially as they follow a growing and worrisome trend of violence targeting AAPI individuals and communities.

We want to send a message today of solidarity, acknowledgement, and caring to our colleagues, friends, and family members—especially those of you who are AAPI—as you navigate this unsettling trend and process these acute acts of violence.

For NORC’s part, we will continue to work as an organization to actively address issues of inequality, inequity, and racial division, and we will continue through our internal diversity and inclusion work to hold ourselves accountable, moving our organization toward an attainable future that is more aware, just, respectful, and diverse.

About NORC at the University of Chicago

NORC at the University of Chicago conducts research and analysis that decision-makers trust. As a nonpartisan research organization and a pioneer in measuring and understanding the world, we have studied almost every aspect of the human experience and every major news event for more than eight decades. Today, we partner with government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world to provide the objectivity and expertise necessary to inform the critical decisions facing society.

Contact: For more information, please contact Eric Young at NORC at or (703) 217-6814 (cell).