Tuesday’s attacks killing eight people, including six Asian women, in Georgia is undoubtedly shocking and a part of the disturbing surge in anti-Asian crimes fueled by xenophobia in this country. Families In Schools denounces this senseless violence, stands in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (APPI) community, and is committed to standing alongside our brothers and sisters to ensure the rights and dignity of all people are respected and protected.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, more than 3,795 Asians in the U.S. have become targets of harassment and assault (Stop APPI Hate Report). This surge in racially fueled attacks is linked to the incendiary and racist remarks and rhetoric, amplified by former President Trump and his administration, calling the pandemic the “Kung flu” and “China virus.” Since then, according to a report presented to the Los Angeles Police Commission on March 2, 2021, anti-Asian hate has risen by 114% in the City of Los Angeles, following national trends. Even more concerning and appalling, is the number of hate crimes committed against Asian women. According to the Stop APPI Hate Report, 68% of the hate crimes reported were from women.

We must continue to denounce systemic racism, white supremacy, and misogyny that motivate violence against AAPI communities and other communities of color!

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