As many of you have probably heard by now, a man was arrested earlier this week in Atlanta, GA after he went on a shooting spree and shot up several spas. Out of the eight people who were killed, six of them were Asian women. While Atlanta police are saying the killings “don’t appear to be” racially-motivated, the people in Atlanta and all over the world are outraged by what happened. There have been numerous instances of verbal and physical attacks on people of Asian descent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Donald Trump’s rhetoric by calling it the “China virus”.
According to a report from Stop AAPI Hate, there have been 3,795 racially motivated attacks on Asian Americans since the pandemic started. Also, Fight COVID Racism is reporting that there have been 947 attacks in Canada. Following the Atlanta shooting, #StopAsianHate was trending on social media.
AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida posted a video to her YouTube channel where she said,
“Hello everyone, this is Hikaru Shida, AEW Women’s World Champion. Let me tell you my opinion about #StopAsianHate. It has been almost a year and a half since I started to live here. I’ve never felt discriminated, never. And I don’t want to say that I’m lucky because it should be normal for everyone. I hope that people, not only Asian, people all over the world live normal, equal lives. Thank you for watching.”
Kevin Nash also took to Twitter to comment, saying,
“America is so full of hate. The senseless violence against our Asian American community once again showing how broken we are. Let’s be diligent and protect our Asian Brothers and Sisters.”
America is so full of hate. The senseless violence against our Asian American community once again showing how broken we are. Let's be diligent and protect our Asian Brothers and Sisters.
— Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) March 19, 2021