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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Mar 18, 2021

Lawyers Club is deeply concerned and saddened by the killings in Atlanta, Georgia. We stand in solidarity with all women and Asian communities to denounce all violence based on gender and race. This past Tuesday, March 16, eight people were killed in Atlanta, seven were women. Six of the seven women were of Asian descent and one was Caucasian. While authorities are determining if the killings are hate crimes, one cannot ignore the common elements of gender and race—especially in a time where “nearly 3,800 hate incidents targeting Asian-Americans have been reported in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., since last March”. 

As we reflect on these senseless killings, we must decide how each of us will create a more inclusive space with intentional awareness and action to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Will we visit STOP AAPI HATE? Will we correct anti-Asian rhetoric when we hear it? Will we vote for elected leaders that denounce anti-Asian rhetoric? Will we evaluate our own beliefs about Asian Americans? Will we seek to learn more about Asian Americans and their struggle in America? While eliminating similar tragedies will not happen overnight, improvement is guaranteed with our intentional awareness and action. 

And then, maybe we will not have to say STOP THE KILLING.


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