Like many of you, I am still grappling with my feelings and my words on how to describe or even make sense of what happened this past week in Atlanta. I can’t. And it’s going to take me more than a few days to process. What I won’t do is mince words. If the media and the police dept. won’t say it, I will. This was absolutely a hate crime. There is no other way to see it. If you are someone that is publicly saying that 6/8 people killed having been Asian women at three targeted massage parlors is not a hate crime, you are making a racist statement. Ask yourself why you are defending a 21-year old gunman who has done this and what purpose this serves you. How do people begin to defend the gunman? Because he likes pizza, music, and God? And why is calling it a “hate crime” something you cannot acknowledge? Acknowledge human lives.
I’m sure when I’m ready, I will put together something more structurally sound – maybe more grammatically correct. For now, as I continue to gather myself, I want to share out a few pieces that have been written or created by other AAPI people on the aftermath of not only this week, but what we have been facing for the last year.
- Instagram video from [Ashley Park]
- If You’re Surprised by the Anti-Asian Violence in Atlanta, You Haven’t Been Listening [Eric Nam | TIME]
- Being A Perpetual Foreigner in America [Chriselle Lim | Instagram]
- My Experience Being Asian-American Today [Elysabeth Ratto | Cup of Jo]
- Ask How I’m Doing as an Asian American Woman, Not Where I’m From [Annie Katrina Lee | Adweek]
- It Was A Banner Year For Asian Representation. Now What? [Connie Wang | Refinery29]
- A Letter to My Fellow Asian Women Whose Hearts Are Still Breaking [R.O. Kwon | Vanity Fair]
- Karen Chee Addresses the Atlanta Shooting [Late Night with Seth Meyers]
- Post by [The.Korean.Vegan]