#StopAsianHate: Asian Celebrities Rally To Raise Awareness Following Atlanta Shootings
On March 16, metro Atlanta was rocked by a shooting rampage at three spa businesses that left eight people dead–most of them Asian women, four of Korean descent. The mass shootings, which happened all in the span of 45 minutes, was carried out by 21-year-old suspect Robert Aaron Long.
Long was arrested on the same night at the end of a police chase. He was on his way to Florida to carry out more shooting when he was arrested, according to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
“A motive is still not clear, but a crime against any community is a crime against us all,” Bottoms said in a statement. “I have remained in close contact with the White House and APD as they work with federal, state and local partners to investigate the suspect who is responsible for this senseless violence in our city.” Long has since been charged with eight counts of murder and homicide and one count of aggravated assault.
As Atlanta authorities continue to investigate the motive behind the deadly shootings, US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as Asian celebrities from around the world took to social media to express their heartbreak and frustration. “We need to stop the dehumanisation of Asians. We need to stop the scapegoating of Asians for Covid. We need to unite against all forms of hate,” Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan wrote in an Instagram post.
Echoing her sentiment is a slew of personalities of Asian descent including To All The Boys star Lana Condor, professional basketball player Jeremy Lin, Bullets over Broadway actress Jennifer Tilly, DJ and producer Steve Aoki, K-pop superstar CL, Into the Badlands actor Daniel Wu, actress and former TV host Olivia Munn, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' Simu Liu, RuPaul's Drag Race alum Kim Chi, The Office's Mindy Kaling, and many more.
See their tweets below:
Feeling overwhelming grief at the senseless murder of 8 people in Atlanta. Still much we don't know, but it's clear to me that the shooter specifically targeted Asian women.— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) March 17, 2021
Praying for the victims' families, and for my Asian sisters. Action to follow.https://t.co/DjMcG0sBbv
AAPI FAM :: please take care of yourself today :: it’s okay to share your grief and pain to ones you love :: heartbroken ::— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) March 17, 2021
These women were people, with loved ones. They were struggling and marginalized. And if an eyewitnesses account is correct, they were targeted because they were Asian.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 17, 2021
Hold them in your hearts. Think of their families. And #StopAAPIHate
Last night's attack was domestic terrorism directed at Asian women on the heels of over 3,000 hate crimes against Asian Americans this year alone.— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) March 17, 2021
Donate to AAPI community orgs here to provide direct support: https://t.co/fCuTM9szaB
I have no words for this.... https://t.co/9HsFDrQE1k— Daniel Wu (@danielwuyanzu) March 17, 2021
Wake up... your Asian friends and family are deeply scared, horrified, sick to their stomachs and wildly angry. Please please please check in on us, please please please stand with us. Please. Your Asian friend needs you, even if they aren’t publicly grieving on social media. x— Lana Condor (@lanacondor) March 17, 2021
The race of the person committing the crime matters less than the simple fact that if you act with hate in your heart, you are part of the problem. And to those with the power to help and yet sit idly by, your silence is complicity. #StopAsianHate https://t.co/0QaLoXhtP0— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) March 17, 2021
#StopAsianHate it’s really as simple as that. Ive said it before its much easier to love one another and focus on what brings us together instead of focusing on what divides us!! We are your friends, family, and fellow human beings. Spread love not hate ❤️? pic.twitter.com/KzSpcU7ntO— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) March 17, 2021
These are my grandparents. They came to America to build a new life. (That’s my dad on the right wearing a tie.) My grandfather was a very well respected doctor in the Chinese community. America is built on the backbone of hard-working immigrants. #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/J5dOXPdaWm— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) March 18, 2021
The targeting of our Asian brothers and sisters is sickening, but not surprising given the normalizing of anti-Asian hate speech in the past year. We have to #StopAsianHate, enough is enough!— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 17, 2021
This is sooo heartbreaking...praying for our world. To my Asian American family, please take time to grieve but know youre loved, seen and IMPORTANT. We have to keep standing up, speaking out, rallying together and fighting for change. We cannot lose hope!! ❤️#StopAsianHate #NOW https://t.co/Xm4ojbJALw— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) March 17, 2021
my heart #stopasianhate— Eric Nam (에릭남) (@ericnamofficial) March 17, 2021
Please. pic.twitter.com/STDfxOdMhd— 에픽하이 타블로 | Tablo of Epik High (@blobyblo) March 17, 2021
Just let us live— Kim Chi (@KimChi_Chic) March 17, 2021
Targeted, hunted down, 8 murdered. We do not feel safe. #StopAsianHate— Jamie Chung (@jamiechung1) March 17, 2021
#StopAsianHate very simple— JAY BUM PARK (@JAYBUMAOM) March 18, 2021
If you'd like to join them in raising awareness and combating anti-Asian violence, you can. Donate to the Support the AAPI Community Fund, a collaborative effort between GoFundMe and Asian fashion industry insiders Philip Lim, Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon, Carol Lim, Susie Bubble, Bryanboy, and Eva Chen.
The campaign aims to raise funds to support organisations that empower and uplift the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) community, with initiatives such as increased community safety and support for those affected by violence.