Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.) condemned the mass-shooting deaths of six Asian girls in Georgia, saying Wednesday that “racially motivated violence must be called out for exactly what it is.”
A day after police arrested a white man, Robert Aaron Long, for taking pictures and killing eight folks — together with six girls of Asian descent — at three therapeutic massage spas in Georgia, Strickland spoke from the House ground to present her “deepest condolences” to the households of the victims.
“Racially motivated violence must be called out for exactly what it is, and we must stop making excuses or rebranding it as economic anxiety or sexual addiction,” stated Strickland, who’s the primary ever Korean-American lady in Congress and the primary Black member from Washington. Four of the ladies killed were reportedly Korean.
“As a woman who is Black and Korean I’m acutely aware of how it feels to be erased and ignored,” she stated.
Strickland famous that the assault was a part of a “meteoric rise of violence” towards Asian Americans over the previous 12 months, and that too usually “the default position when violence is committed against people of color or women is to defer from confronting the hate that is often the motivation.”
Law enforcement officers stated Wednesday that it was “too early” to say whether or not the shootings have been racially motivated and that Long instructed investigators he has “sexual addiction” issues and focused the spas to “take out that temptation.” Law enforcement described Tuesday as a “really bad day” — for the shooter.
Since the beginning of 2020, Asian Americans have reported a surge in racist assaults and harassment, usually associated to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hate crimes concentrating on members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander neighborhood rose by 150% in main U.S. cities final 12 months, per a report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University.
Since final March, a coalition of Asian American advocacy teams known as Stop AAPI Hate has been gathering studies of racist incidents. By the tip of final month, it had recorded an alarming 3,795 studies of racist violence towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who had been known as racial slurs, spat on, bodily assaulted and even killed. And women made up two-thirds of these focused by the reported anti-Asian racism.
There is an extended, ongoing historical past of Asian girls being fetishized and sexualized within the U.S. and globally — and this intersects straight with racism.
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