On March 16, 2021, eight people, including six Asian women, were murdered at three different spas in Georgia: Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yuan Gonzalez, Paul Andre Michels, Soon C. Park, Hyun J. Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong A. Yue. We stand in sorrow and solidarity with Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities, who are facing an escalating series of racist attacks, including this recent attack in Georgia, in which anti-Asian racism compounded with misogyny evidently resulted in the murder of eight people.
AAPI racism has been a recurring theme in United States history. Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian-Americans across the country have been targeted by people who are motivated by white supremacist beliefs and encouraged by right-wing politicians and media figures to blame people of Asian descent for the Coronavirus.
We condemn these attacks and the racist rhetoric that fuels them. As we mourn those who were lost, we also affirm our active commitment to becoming a deeply anti-racist organization and working with allies toward a more just society.
Violence against AAPI communities is part of a larger system of violence and racism against all communities of color, including Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. We firmly condemn white supremacy, systemic racism, and gender-based violence.
KCACTF Region VII Executive Committee