On March 16, eight people, including six Asian women, were shot and killed at massage parlors in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, the New York Times reported. It's the latest in a string of racist attacks against the Asian-American and AAPI community during the coronavirus pandemic.
The victims who died in the attack were Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong Ae Yue, 63; Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; and Paul Andre Michels, 54, per the NYT. Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, was injured. Members of the community and allies are responding, grieving, and pressing for answers on social media.
"The reported shootings of multiple Asian American women today in Atlanta is 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," Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition documenting anti-Asian discrimination, shared in a statement.
Details about the shooting are still coming to light; a 21-year-old Georgia man, who is now in custody, has been charged with assault and murder.
The act of terror is an undeniable blow to Asian-Americans who are still reeling from an uptick of anti-Asian discrimination over the past year, undoubtedly spurred on by a former president who referred to COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus" and "kung flu." The massage parlor setting of the attacks also sheds light on the plight of Asian women migrant workers and sex workers, who are notoriously underprotected.
"This latest attack will only exacerbate the fear and pain that the Asian American community continues to endure," the Stop AAPI Hate statement reads. According to recent data gathered by the organization, there were 3,795 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination reported from across the country since March 2020.
"Not enough has been done to protect Asian Americans from heightened levels of hate, discrimination and violence," the coalition adds. "Concrete action must be taken now. Anything else is unacceptable."
Here, we've rounded up some organizations to support or donate to, if you're able, to show support for the AAPI community, especially women who may be affected by these attacks.
Support Georgia's Asian American Community: a fund created by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta to directly benefit the shooting victims and their families. Donate
Red Canary Song: a grassroots collective supporting labor rights for Asian migrant workers and sex workers. Donate
Butterfly: a Toronto-based network supporting Asian migrant workers and sex workers. Donate
SWAN Vancouver: supports immigrant and migrant women engaged in indoor sex work by providing support services and systemic advocacy. Donate
Womankind: supports women who are victims or survivors of gender-based violence on their journey to healing. Donate
AAPI Women Lead: supports AAPI women and girls with workshops and and research, and promotes movements such as #ImReady, which addresses issues like gender-based and racial discrimination and sexual harassment in the community. DONATE
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