Stop Asian Hate: Atlanta shootings igniting renewed calls to end violence

By: Alyssa Wilson

For months, after increased attacks on Asians across the United States, many have called for an end to Asian hate and the shootings in Atlanta amplified those calls.

In March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center.

A national report released by the group revealed that more than 3,000 incidents were reported, including cases of verbal harassment, shunning, physical assault, civil rights violations and online harassment.

People of Chinese descent reported experiencing the most hate, followed by those who identify as Korean, Vietnamese and Filippino.

According to research released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, hate crimes targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150 percent.

Many have linked the violence against Asians to former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about Asians and coronavirus.

On Tuesday night, eight people were killed after shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta-area. Most of the victims were women of Asian descent.

RELATED: 8 killed in multiple shootings at metro Atlanta massage parlors, suspect in custody

GoFundMe started a campaign to support the AAPI Community Fund. The money will benefit organizations that strive to improve the lives of members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community.

So far, it has raised more than $800,000.

There have been continued calls to stop discrimination and hatred towards Asians, many using #StopAsianHate.

Many activists ask that #AsianLivesMatter not be used because of it was derived from the Black Lives Matter movement.

For additional resources on how to help stop hatred and violence against Asians, click here.

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