The March 16th shootings at Asian-owned businesses in Atlanta was the culmination of a year of increased hate crimes and incidents towards AAPIs across the country. The rhetoric of the previous administration, looking to deflect blame for their disastrous pandemic response, endangered people of Asian descent.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been speaking out against the use of hateful language and the effects it has had on our AAPI communities. In the last few weeks, that conversation has been amplified as the murders in Atlanta have shown the world how violence against AAPIs has evolved.
I believe that by shining a spotlight on these issues, we can bring about legislative and social changes to prevent this from ever happening again.
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