In a tragic attack last night, six Asian women were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia. Sadly, this comes after a year of increased hate and harassment against the Asian-American community, in-part fueled by dangerous rhetoric from right-wing commentators and politicians like Donald Trump. According to Stop AAPI Hate, there have been nearly 3800 incidents of anti-Asian hate during the pandemic – nearly 70% against Asian women.
This chilling attack is a reminder of the pervasive culture of white supremacy and violence that continues to plague our nation. For education and reflection, below are a few comments and statements from AAPI leaders and allies that are important to read in the wake of the attack.
Statement from @schoimorrow: "We are horrified and continue to be concerned for the safety of our community members across the country as violence toward Asian Americans has escalated."
— NAPAWF (@NAPAWF) March 17, 2021
Our communities are heartbroken in response to the tragedies we saw in Atlanta and Cherokee County.
— Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood (@yaqooberz) March 17, 2021
Press Release – Georgia’s Asian American Leaders Call for Community-Centered Response After Six Asian Women Are Murdered
— AdvancingJusticeATL (@AAAJ_Atlanta) March 17, 2021
— Michelle Wu 吳弭 (@wutrain) March 17, 2021
On the day @StopAAPIHate released a report documenting nearly 3800 incidents of anti-Asian hate during the pandemic – nearly 70% against Asian women – a man killed 8 in shootings targeting Asian businesses. Six of the 8 killed were Asian women.
— Vivian Ho (@VivianHo) March 17, 2021
— Filipino Voter Empowerment Project (@FVEP_org) March 17, 2021
The reported shootings of Asian American women on Tuesday in Atlanta is an unspeakable tragedy – for the families of the victims first and foremost, but also for the AAPI community — which has been reeling from high levels of racial discrimination. https://t.co/rBVPnrEBps
— Stop AAPI Hate (@StopAAPIHate) March 17, 2021
don’t just check on your AAPI friends. read up on the Chinese Exclusion Act, US occupation of the Philippines, Japanese internment camps. listen to AAPI women when they talk about the racist, sexualized messages they’ve heard all their lives. we’re all tired and it’s just not new
— Nicole Dungca (@ndungca) March 17, 2021
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 17, 2021
There was a mass shooting in America last night. Sadly that is not uncommon. Many of the victims were AAPI. Tragedy sits at the intersection of multiple broken parts of our society. To honor victims and save lives, we must make progress across all. #StopAsianHate (THREAD) pic.twitter.com/Ei1HSPNtYT
— Andy Kim (@AndyKimNJ) March 17, 2021
Re-upping this thread 🧵on the *long* history of discrimination and violence toward Asian Americans in the United States based on the sense that we are too foreign, too ‘other,’ too perpetually alien. It is important that people know this history. https://t.co/X7ImwTcOcW
— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) March 17, 2021
Six Asian American women were killed in Atlanta today. We're still learning about the motive. However, you should know this: most racist attacks against Asian Americans this past year have targeted women, and Asian American women are on edge. (1/15)
— Dr. Melissa May Borja (@MelissaMayBorja) March 17, 2021