Asian American pastors rally after Atlanta spa shootings

Clay Curtis
March 19, 2021

She was holding a sign that said Black and Asian solidarity.

Investigators believe Long had previously visited two of the Atlanta massage parlors where four of the women were killed, Hampton said.

The manager of Gabby's Boutique next door told The Associated Press that her husband watched surveillance video after the shooting, and the suspect was sitting in his auto for as long as an hour before going inside.

"I worry about my parents", Kim said. "Whatever political points you think you're scoring by using ethnic identifiers in describing this virus, you're harming Americans who happen to be of Asian descent".

"In as much as his words were taken or construed as insensitive or inappropriate, they were not meant to disrespect any of the victims, the gravity of this tragedy or express empathy or sympathy for the suspect", Reynolds said, adding that Baker "had a difficult task before him, and this was one of the hardest in his 28 years in law enforcement". Americans of Asian descent have reported being slashed across the face with a box cutter, burned by thrown chemicals, punched in the face and shoved to the ground.

"There's old sayings in Texas about, you know, 'find all the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree.' You know, we take justice very seriously, and we ought to do that - round up all the bad guys", Roy said in comments that drew outrage on Twitter. "Governor Locke so clearly said 'hate is a virus.' And through our acts, we must each be the cure".

"And to say that this attack in Atlanta not a hate crime because the terrorist said it wasn't racially motivated, and we're going to take him for his word?"

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"Your president, and your party, and your colleagues can talk about issues with any other country that you want, but you don't have to do it by putting a bull's-eye on the back of Asian Americans across this country, on our grandparents, on our kids", she said.

A Cherokee County Sheriff's vehicle is seen parked in front of the home of a suspect in the shooting deaths of eight people, on March 17, 2021 in Woodstock, Georgia.

Sadness, anger and fear were coursing on Wednesday through Stephanie Cho, a day after a gunman's attack on spas in the Atlanta area killed eight people - most of whom were Asian women. Long, who is now in custody, reportedly made reference to a "sex addiction" in conversations with investigators. "We were alarmed by the rate of violence and hate directed towards us", said Russell Jeung, who created Stop AAPI Hate, which tracks incidents against Asian American Pacific Islander communities. Among eight killed, six were of Asian descent. Our hearts are with the victims' families in this time of mourning. We're calling on our allies across communities of color to stand with us in grief and solidarity against racist violence in all its forms.

Lisa Hagen of member station WABE in Atlanta joins us now with more.

Asian American lawmakers warned the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that the USA has reached a "crisis point" amid a sharp increase in discrimination and violence targeting the Asian community, in the first congressional hearing on the issue in over three decades.

California Representative Judy Chu reminded people of the effect of anti-Asian rhetoric. "We're all in this together".

The House Judiciary Committee announced it will hold a hearing on discrimination and violence against Asian Americans on Thursday to consider ways to prevent racially motivated attacks.

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