Last night, on Tuesday, March 16, eight people were killed at three separate spa locations in Atlanta, Georgia. While details surrounding this event are still being investigated, six of the people killed were Asian women.
In the past year, there has been a dramatic rise in anti-Asian hate incidents and hostility. As we saw with the Capitol riot in January, white supremacists have been emboldened by the mainstreaming of hateful politics and rhetoric. Government officials, such as former President Donald Trump, have scapegoated Asians as the cause of the ongoing global health crisis and used derogatory language when describing the pandemic. As a result, sinophobia has been normalized and even justified. For the last year, Stop AAPI Hate received reports of 3,795 incidents of racist violence against Asian people, and women have been targeted in more than two-thirds of the reported hate incidents.
As an international feminist organization, we condemn these violent actions. We stand in solidarity with the Asian community, and we also call on all to do the same and to stand against hate.