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A demonstrators in Atlanta holds a sign on Saturday displaying the names of Tuesday's shooting victims A demonstrators in Atlanta holds a sign on Saturday displaying the names of Tuesday's shooting victims
Kristine Garrett | 22 March, 2021, 17:31

Six Asian women were among the eight people killed when a suspect opened fire in three Atlanta-area spas on March 16.

Although the discussion was pre-recorded before the Georgia massage parlor shootings Tuesday, the dialogue on rising hate crimes against Asian Americans in the past year has resonated among many listeners who shared their thoughts on the topic during the hourlong discussion. He admitted to the crime and was charged with murder.

"Hi, my name is Sandra Oh", she said to crowd applause.

"Chinese virus, China virus, Wuhan virus, or any derivative of these terms is not something we should be using", she said.

"For far too long, Asian people have been marginalized", rally participant Linh Dam said.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 3,795 hate incidents targeted toward Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have been reported to the nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate. Although Long told law enforcement his crimes weren't racially motivated, the tragedy spurred wider attention to the rise in racist hate crimes against Asian Americans. The rally was one of several protests which took place this weekend in response to the horrific Atlanta spa shootings which killed 8 people and wounded several more. She moved to Atlanta four years ago and got involved in community organizing, last summer pulling together an event to support Black women victimized by police violence. She related one incident at the height of the pandemic previous year, when, as she was out for a run, a man came out of his house to yell and threaten her.

"No matter how you want to spin it, the facts remain the same: This was an attack on the Asian community", said Nguyen, who has been a frequent advocate for women and communities of color.

"It's important to come in solidarity with the community, to show that we will not tolerate hate among Asians", Wong said. The historical fetishization of Asian women as exotic, hypersexual and submissive leads to staggering rates of physical and sexual violence.

Candles and flickering penlights lit up the darkness as community leaders, local officials, concerned citizens and neighbors gathered to pay their respects and protest the escalation of anti-Asian violence and hate crimes that has largely gone unchecked since the pandemic began. "And just for one thing, I am proud to be Asian!"

More than anything else, BTS members must speak up on this issue for all the Korean-American and Asian-American children and teenagers, who look up to the septet as role-models and believe that the world is their oyster, and their ethnicity or nationality isn't kryptonite, rather it is a boon, a superpower to be an Asian and a hero in your community. "And I understand that and one way to go through our fear is to reach out to our community". The actress then challenged everyone to help protect against violence and support "sisters and brothers" in need: "If you see something, will you help me?" Lastly, the model minority myth dismisses the racism Asian people endure due to the assumption that we are equally, if not more, as successful and free as compared to white people.

"When you are a foreigner in your own country, you are dehumanized, you are not taken seriously", the CNN correspondent said, echoing Harris's comment that Asian-Americans feel like they don't belong in the United States.

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