The Chinese Association (Gauteng)

PRESS STATEMENT:
ATLANTA SHOOTINGS

March 20, 2021

A 21-year-old white male has been charged and arrested for 8 counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault after he shot up three spas. He killed six women of Asian descent which occurred in Atlanta, USA.

In today’s world being of East Asian descent has become dangerous; we are all aware of how Asian people have been treated around the world especially since the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Atlanta shooting further proves the struggles of Asian people, which started with slurs, verbal abuse then escalated to physical assaults and now death. The loss of lives of the Asian woman is tragic, immeasurable loss to their families and friends as well as their community and the rest of world.  

The response of Atlanta’s police department to the fatal shooting of the women has been shockingly inappropriate; indirectly supporting the shooter whilst stereotyping and sexualizing the victims and showing complete disregard to the victims and their families for their painful loss.  

The hate and discrimination against Asian people have also become a global problem, Covid-19 has brought the world to a halt and brought to light the discrimination that Asians as a minority group experience in their countries.  The world seems to forget that Asian people are equally suffering due to this pandemic. We need to stand in solidarity and not allow our Asian community to be divided and to unite to fight the evils of racism and discrimination.

We as The Chinese Association (Gauteng) are against any form of discrimination or violent acts against Asian people or any other ethnic group. Violence and hate have never been and will never be tools to solving any problems. We as people need to learn to co-exist and allow the world to see the beauty in diversity which is through the display and unity of different cultures and traditions.

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A 21-year-old white male has been charged and arrested for 8 counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault after he shot up three spas. He killed six women of Asian descent which occurred in Atlanta, USA.

In today’s world being of East Asian descent has become dangerous; we are all aware of how Asian people have been treated around the world especially since the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Atlanta shooting further proves the struggles of Asian people, which started with slurs, verbal abuse then escalated to physical assaults and now death. The loss of lives of the Asian woman is tragic, immeasurable loss to their families and friends as well as their community and the rest of world.  

The response of Atlanta’s police department to the fatal shooting of the women has been shockingly inappropriate; indirectly supporting the shooter whilst stereotyping and sexualizing the victims and showing complete disregard to the victims and their families for their painful loss.  

The hate and discrimination against Asian people have also become a global problem, Covid-19 has brought the world to a halt and brought to light the discrimination that Asians as a minority group experience in their countries.  The world seems to forget that Asian people are equally suffering due to this pandemic. We need to stand in solidarity and not allow our Asian community to be divided and to unite to fight the evils of racism and discrimination.

We as The Chinese Association (Gauteng) are against any form of discrimination or violent acts against Asian people or any other ethnic group. Violence and hate have never been and will never be tools to solving any problems. We as people need to learn to co-exist and allow the world to see the beauty in diversity which is through the display and unity of different cultures and traditions.