On Tuesday evening, eight people - including six Asian women - were killed in shootings at massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia. A 21-year-old man, Robert Aaron Long, has been charged with multiple counts of murder. While the police cannot yet confirm if the attack was racially motivated, this tragedy has amplified fears in the Asian-American community, who, since the pandemic began, have been experiencing a spike in attacks and harassment. Just last year, according to Stop AAPI Hate - a national coalition aimed at addressing anti-Asian discrimination amid the pandemic in the US - Asian-Americans were targeted in nearly 3,800 hate incidents.
Racism against the Asian community is not just a US problem, but a global one. “Please pay attention to what is happening,” Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan wrote on Instagram, along with a picture of a New York Times article relating to the shooting. “This is the latest in a surge of horrific attacks on the Asian community. Racism and misogyny are not mutually exclusive. In fact, sexualised racial harassment and violence is something that many of us face regularly.” She continued: “We need to stop the dehumanisation of Asians. We need to stop the scapegoating of Asians for Covid. We need to unite against all forms of hate. Please spread awareness, check in on your Asian friends because we are not ok.. educate yourself and others on the model minority myth and the long history of anti-Asian racism.”
Lana Condor tweeted, “Wake up... your Asian friends and family are deeply scared, horrified, sick to their stomachs and wildly angry. Check in on us, please please please stand with us. Please. Your Asian friend needs you, even if they aren’t publicly grieving on social media. x” Elsewhere, fashion influencers - including Bryan Boy and Susie Bubble – have regularly been posting guidelines on how to support the #StopAsianHate movement on social media, and organised discussions to share their personal stories of discrimination on Clubhouse, to raise further awareness. Below - while not an exhaustive list - are just some organisations to support in the fight against Asian hate right now:
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