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Former UW American Taylor Rapp voices support for #StopAsianHate campaign

An elderly Asian American woman was brutally assaulted on a New York street this week, another hate crime that has escalated over the past year. Taylor Rapp saw the video of the attack when it spread on social media, as she had recently seen many, many similar videos.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Rapp, a former American University in Washington.

The attacks have become personal to the rapper, now the third year of the Los Angeles ram. He is the only current player of the Chinese heritage NFL player և the version he wears proudly և literally.

Rap’s left arm tattoo was hand-made by his American-Chinese grandfather. It contains the Chinese word ox. Rap was born in 1997, the year of the Chinese zodiac – – որպես serves as a symbol of Rapp և raising awareness # for #StopAsianHate campaign.

Nearly 3,800 cases of hatred against the Pacific island community have been reported in the national arena, according to Stop AAPI Hate. Rapp has publicly condemned the “Chinese virus” rhetoric surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic.

“There was a lot of anti-Asian hatred last year, we really saw it in the national spotlight in the last few weeks,” Rapp said. “The Asian community means a lot to my history, growing up (playing football) without a large Asian-American representation.”

The rapper’s parents met in China. His mother, Chian, is Chinese, born and raised in Shanghai. His father, Chris, is an American born in Oklahoma and raised in Canada. Taylor and his older brother, Austin, were raised in Bellingham.

Rapp’s grandparents, both 90, live in Seattle, China. When he sees the news of Asian hate crimes, he says he can not be afraid for the safety of his grandparents. He says he asked them not to go out alone.

“The worst part,” he said, “is that they target the most vulnerable, the most helpless.”

On Thursday, Rapp launched a non-fun (NFT) digital memorabilia collection on the cryptocurrency auction site OpenSea. On Sunday night, users can apply for his collection, which has six different designs – a total of 90 pieces, each containing a Chinese ox theme.

Earlier this month, NFL stars Patrick Mahomes and Rob Gronkowski launched their own NFT collections, each raising millions of dollars.

The winning bidder for Rapp’s occasional special edition collection will also receive a meeting with him և a greeting, Rams game tickets խաղի etc.

Rapp said he plans to donate the “big chunk” of the money raised from the NFT to the Asia-Pacific Community Fund for Asia-America at GoFundMe. That fundraiser has already reached more than $ 5 million in donations.

Growing up in Bellingham, the rapper said he often tried to hide his Chinese heritage. He was ridiculed in high school for wanting to get involved in a predominantly white community.

It wasn’t until 2016 that he reached UW that he began to realize what an impact he could have as one of the few Asian American college football players. That influence has grown since he was drafted by the Aries in the second round of the NFL draft in 2019.

During the football season, he says, he regularly receives messages on Instagram from Asian American footballers or their parents. According to him, his goal is to answer everyone, to serve as a positive example for them.

“When I was growing up, I did not have anyone I could look up to who looked like me,” he said. “I can just be that person so that the children can still look. That motivates me. ”

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