Bella Poarch’s Untold Truth
In April 2021, Bella Poarch was one of the famous members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities (AAPI) who Vogue United Kingdom featured in an article on the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes. She spoke about her own experience of racism in school, where she was bullied as a teenager. “My mom used to cook me Filipino food for lunch, and I didn’t care how it smelled,” she said. “Children would laugh at me for my looks and call me ‘Ling Ling’.”
Poarch revealed that she was the victim of a random assault motivated by racism, and she said she was not ready to speak about the experience. “To this day, I suffer from clinically diagnosed depression, anxiety and PTSD as a result of my attack,” she said. Poarch said it was difficult for her to see other members of the AAPI community in pain, and she filmed a Instagram Public Service Announcement raise awareness of the rise in racist attacks. She gave her audience more than 12 million subscribers advice on what they can do to help, including “staying in touch with your Asian friends” and donating to organizations that provide support to the AAPI community. Talking to Vogue, she had another message for anyone she sees attacking someone just because of their Asian background. “I will use everything I have learned in the military to dismantle them,” she said.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hate crime, contact the VictimConnect Hotline by phone at 1-855-4-VICTIM or by chat for more information or for help finding support services. If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, call 911.