On March 16, eight people were shot at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area. Six of the people killed were of Asian descent, and all but one were women. While law enforcement has not yet labeled this a hate crime, it has raised fear in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Stop AAPI Hate, an organization formed to combat anti-Asian discrimination and violence during the COVID pandemic, released a statement calling the shooting an "unspeakable tragedy—for the families of the victims first and foremost, but also for the Asian American community, which has been reeling from high levels of racist attacks over the course of the past year." The AAPI community and allies came together online as well as in-person to stand united against hate. Here are 11 powerful images in the wake of March 16's tragedy, and for more communities coming together, revisit these 20 Signs From Black Lives Matter Protests Everyone Should See.
A father and son attend a vigil.
A father and son attend a candlelight vigil in Garden Grove, California, on March 17.
A woman holds a phone that reads "STOP ASIAN HATE."
Community members in California stand together, holding a banner side-by-side. One woman displays an image of a candle on her phone beside text that reads "STOP ASIAN HATE."
Women hold a banner.
Women hold a sign that reads "STOP ASIAN HATE" and "PROECT OUR SENIORS." And for changes that followed recent protests, check out these 8 Changes That Have Happened Since Black Lives Matter Protests Started.
A woman attends a vigil.
A woman looks on during the California vigil.
Women hold their phones in place of a candle.
In place of candles, women hold up images of candles on their phones.
Women hold up a "#STOPAsianHate" banner at a vigil.
Women stand together holding a "#STOPAsianHate" banner during a vigil. One woman speaks through a microphone to the crowd gathered. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
People gather for a vigil in Washington, D.C.
Community members in Washington, D.C., gather in the Chinatown area to honor the victims of the shootings with a vigil.
The community comes together.
People from various backgrounds join together in Washington D.C., to stand united against hate. A Black woman holds a sign reinforcing solidarity. And for more education on racial justice, here are 13 Documentaries About Race You Need to See If You Haven't Yet.
People gather beside the Friendship Archway.
A man speaks to vigil attendees in a microphone beside the Friendship Archway in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown.
Women look on during the vigil.
Women in the crowd look on solemnly during the Washington, D.C., vigil.
A speaker talks to the crowd.
A speaker talks to the vigil crowd that has gathered. People hold up banners while listening.
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