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Statement on the Atlanta shootings

Dear Arlington friends and neighbors,

The AHRC Stands Against Hate Impacting the AAPI Community

Like many in Arlington, the AHRC is horrified and saddened by the fatal shooting of eight people in Georgia on March 16. While the shootings are still being investigated, the fact that seven women, six of whom were Asian, were killed demonstrates the deadly combination of racism, misogyny, and gun violence.

These killings come in the midst of growing hate incidents against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community. In a report released by Stop AAPI Hate, there were 3,795 reported hate incidents against AAPI individuals between March 2020 and February 2021. These were of course only reported incidents, so the actual number is much larger. Of these attacks, most are against Asian women, by over a 2:1 margin.

These murders come against a background of anti-Asian speech, including our former President and others linking this community to the coronavirus pandemic. It is a reflection of white supremacist ideology, which includes minimizing responsibility when mass shootings are perpetrated by white males.

The shootings also reflect the deep history of misogyny in the United States. Asian women are particularly subject to fetishization, driven by chauvinistic trends in popular culture and historical narratives. The characterisation of the suspect’s motive by law enforcement also reflects a dismissiveness of misogyny and racism in our culture.

What can we do?

Arlington values equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to building a community where everyone is heard, respected, and protected.

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