2021 Atlanta spa shootings spark debate about racism towards Asian community in US year after Robert Aaron Long shooting spree – What We Know!

CHICAGO (WLS) — It was one yr in the past Wednesday that eight folks, together with six Asian American girls, had been killed at three Atlanta-area spas.

The lethal shootings introduced consideration to a surge of hate crimes concentrating on Asian Individuals, notably girls.

A yr later, many Asian American girls nonetheless say they nonetheless don’t really feel secure.

Anti-Asian violence has been broadly reported because the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, however some Chicago-area Asian Individuals say crime in opposition to their folks is nothing new.

“I do know it’s straightforward to conflate it with every little thing else occurring with COVID and COVID-related hate crimes, however to me, this incident might have occurred exterior of the pandemic,” stated Sung Yeon Choimorrow, government director of the Nationwide Asian Pacific American Ladies’s Discussion board.

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Choimorrow stated Asian girls have been objectified for hundreds of years on this nation.

“Many people, whereas we now have skilled some degree of racialized sexual harassment, nobody thought one thing like this might occur,” she added.

This previous weekend, dozens gathered at Horner Park on Chicago’s North Aspect to recollect the victims.

Grace Pai is the manager director of Asian Individuals Advancing Justice Chicago. She stated for a lot of Asian American girls, the tragedy in Atlanta is a name to motion. Many began sharing their tales and lobbying their elected officers to take motion.

“There may be plenty of concern within the Asian neighborhood and within the immigrant neighborhood to not converse up about issues that you’ve got skilled,” Pai stated. “So now that we’re beginning to see extra public accounts, and increasingly more folks converse up.”

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Based on a Nationwide Asian Pacific American Ladies’s Discussion board survey of greater than 2,400 AAPI girls throughout the nation 74% reported experiencing racism and/or discrimination during the last 12 months, 38% stated they skilled sexual harassment and 12% reported experiencing gender and/or race-based bodily violence.

Choimorrow stated policing isn’t the answer.

“To ensure that Asian American girls to begin feeling secure once more, we have to be sure that people who take a look at me, that I stroll previous on the road, see me as a fellow human being and never someone that they’ll objectify,” Choimorrow stated.

Final spring, Gov. JB Pritzker signed a invoice making Illinois the primary state to require Asian American historical past be taught in public faculties.

“In order that’s one thing that we hope can have a very broad influence, proper and ensuring that college students of all ages no matter whether or not or not they establish as Asian American, study in regards to the historical past of Asian Individuals, study that Asian Individuals aren’t an ‘different,’ that we aren’t perpetual foreigners, that we’re Individuals that we’re an enormous a part of American historical past,” Pai stated.

Activists have additionally been pushing for the first-ever majority Asian ward that would come with Chicago’s Chinatown and Bridgeport.

“Simply having folks in workplace who’ve those self same lived experiences, who know what it’s wish to must stroll house in the dead of night alone as an Asian lady, to know the intersection of racism and misogyny — I believe that’s one thing that you just, it’s laborious to narrate to when you don’t establish that method,” Pai stated.

Though Chicago hasn’t seen the assaults on Asian American girls as violent as these reported in New York Metropolis or the Bay Space, Choimorrow stated security issues of Asian American girls on this metropolis must be taken significantly.

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