On Tuesday, March 16th eight people were shot and killed in what is now known as the “Atlanta Spa Shooting”. The victims were identified as Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Yaun, Hyun Jung Grant, Yong Ae Yue, Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Paule Andre Michels and Daoyou Feng. Of those eight individuals, six of the victims were women of Asian descent, leading officials to believe that these victims were targeted due to race and gender. Many large news organizations are not calling it for what the act is, a Hate Crime. A Hate Crime as defined by the FBI is a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity”. While this case specifically is gaining a lot of attention, it is important to realize that this is one of many Asian-Hate Crimes that have occurred within the last year.
Struggles and violence against the Asian American community are often overlooked. The model minority myth has been a way to hide anti-Asian racism by using the stereotype that Asian Americans are successful and non-problematic in contrast to other minority groups. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Hate Crimes against Asian Americans have gone up by 1900%. Violence and racism towards the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community has been occurring at large scales, but the media has just now started reporting on it.
Asian Americans have been denied services.
Their businesses have been avoided.
Asian American children were murdered in the grocery store.
An Asian woman had acid thrown on her.
Businesses were robbed and destroyed.
A Vietnamese grandmother was robbed and assaulted.
Older Asian Americans have been targeted and assaulted.
Many have also been killed.
Those are just a few of the over 2,800 incidents that have been reported. With the rise of these incidents, it is important to make ourselves aware of what is going on in our country regarding these racial attacks and support those within the AAPI community.
How Can You Help Support the AAPI Community?
Report Hate Incidents
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is a group of AAPI attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, created a list of resources that explain Hate Crimes and hate incidents and how to report them to law enforcement. There are also community organizations in which you can report these incidents to such as;
Stop AAPI Hate
The Stand Against Hatred
Learn About the Asian American Experience
Follow for Information on the AAPI Community
Sign The Petition:
Petition to hold the media accountable for covering these stories by @asianamericancollective
Mental Health Resources
AAPI to Follow to Diversify Your Feed
Organizations/Accounts to Support:
Definition of Hate Crimes
Anti-Asian Hate Crimes rise 1900%