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Stop Asian Hate

By Rolala @rolalaloves
Stop AAPI Hate@colorsofhoney
It's been tough to get into a head space to write this post as there have been some compartmentalized personal feelings and trauma to unpack with it because while to the world, the violence against Asians has disturbingly escalated in the past year, anti-Asian racism has always been prevalent in America. I say this as an American born Chinese woman who was raised here. 

Last week, eight people were killed in a series of shooting across three Asian-owned spas in the Atlanta area. Six of the victims were Asian. The shooter reportedly yelled, "I want to kill all Asians." It was obviously a hate crime rooted in racism and the reluctance by local law enforcement to address it as that is demoralizing.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a significant increase in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Stop AAPI Hate has collected over 3,800 reports of verbal abuse, harassment, and physical assaults against AAPI in the United States since March of last year. These unprovoked attacks are often violent with a vast number perpetrated against elders. A number have resulted in death. The most disturbing aspect of this apart from the horrific and heartbreaking violence is the lack of mainstream media attention and/or responsive calls to action up. It is only now that the violence has become so glaring that it has finally crossed the barrier into a national conversation that usually ignores the AAPI  community.

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