Above, Header Photo: Chuck Modi
Having started and re-started writing this post, I find there is little to say that hasn’t already been said repeatedly. Find the helpers. BE the helper. Check in with marginalized friends and coworkers. Survival is resistance, joy is resistance. Speak out. Educate yourself. Educate others.
But here we are again, grieving and angry, terrified and horrified, shocked but not surprised:
2012: mass shooting at a Sikh temple— katie nguyen (@ktnuggin) March 17, 2021
2014: mass shooting targeting women
2015: mass shooting at a Black church
2016: mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub
2018: mass shooting at a Jewish synagogue
2019: mass shooting targeting Latinx
2021: mass shooting targeting Asian women
The fact is, until we name White supremacy, racist violence will continue. Until we name misogyny, gendered violence will continue. Until we name the obvious, overt prejudice and discrimination that feeds the violence, it will persist. It’s not an outlier, it’s a prime societal driver. Denial is complicity. Silence is complicity. Every racist and sexist joke left uncriticized has contributed to these atrocities. Every classist, nationalistic assertion left uncontested has contributed to these horrors. Every paltry excuse for violence has made room for further violence.
Speak the names of the victims. And find out how to say them correctly.
Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Julie Park, Hyeon Jeong Park, Delaina Ashley Yuan, Xiaojie Yan. And two more yet unnamed. May they rest in peace. 고인의 명복을 빕니다.— Bo Yeon Kim (@extspace) March 18, 2021
We’ve now learned the names of the four victims killed at the Atlanta spas Tuesday.— Chenue Her (@ChenueHer) March 19, 2021
Soon C. Park, 74
Hyun J. Grant, 51
Suncha Kim, 69
Yong A. Yue, 63https://t.co/nYxIUdG0rh
Find ways to help.
Things are HORRIBLE right now but be mindful to support & center attention on the Asian community in the Atlanta area and follow their lead on next steps— Alice Wong (@SFdirewolf) March 17, 2021
Drop any #ATL orgs or folks to support in the replies, especially mutual aid collectives #StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate
Friends, I am asking you personally to please sign up for this bystander intervention training. It's just an hour. You'll come out of it better prepared to help when help is needed. It's not the only answer. But it's something real that everyone can do. https://t.co/LlstHERH5E— Greg Pak (@gregpak) March 17, 2021
Stop making excuses. Stop accepting excuses. You can’t claim to love your neighbor while extending more sympathy, support, and protection to their murderers than to them. 💔