CNN host Lisa Ling expressed frustration and grief throughout appearances on her community this week as she mentioned the Atlanta spa shootings that left eight individuals useless, together with six Asian ladies.
“When it seems like it’s open season on people who look like me, who look like my parents, who look like my children — it’s really hard to think about anything else,” Ling instructed CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday.
“Every time I open my social media … I am seeing and hearing about more attacks on Asian people,” she added. “And frankly, I am right now just sick of seeing the face of the man who massacred eight people last night. In fact, I had to scour the internet for the names of the people he killed.”
Ling, whose dad and mom immigrated to the United States from Taiwan and Hong Kong, went on to criticize the concept that the shootings weren’t racially motivated. The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, instructed authorities he had a “sexual addiction” and had focused spa employees to “take out that temptation,” in keeping with police in Cherokee County, Georgia.
“If this were a synagogue or a Black church, there wouldn’t be a question,” Ling mentioned. “This terrorist targeted three Asian massage parlors. And asking the assailant whether this was racially motivated and taking his word for it seems like a joke to me. I mean, we know this is definitely a hate crime against women.”
In another CNN appearance Thursday morning, Ling famous that Atlanta is a “hotbed for sex work and sex trafficking, but yet [Long] chose to attack massage parlors that he knew were run by Asian people.”
Ling additionally talked about Xiao Zhen Xie, a 76-year-old girl in San Francisco who fought again towards an assailant who punched her within the face in an unprovoked assault on Wednesday. Footage of a wounded Xie yelling at her attacker in Taishanese as he was wheeled away by paramedics went viral.
“While it was great to see her stand up for herself and fight back … you should have heard her cry out with her bloodied face,” Ling mentioned. “You hear the pain and the anger in her voice. She’s crying out in the language that my ancestors spoke.”
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