SAPHA Grieves for Asian American Women Targeted by Racist and Misogynistic Violence in Georgia
For immediate release
March 19, 2021
We are deeply saddened by the racist hate violence in Georgia that resulted in the killing of six Asian American women and a white woman and white man on March 16.
This violence comes in the wake of the xenophobic fears stoked by the Trump administration, using the latest object of scare-mongering in a long history of racial persecution of Asian communities, the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. This incident is a culmination of the particularly pernicious mix of racism and misogyny faced by working immigrant women in the United States. Since the start of the pandemic, violence against Asian Americans has spiked, with more than two-thirds of the reports coming from women (1, 2). We call on lawmakers to respond not only to the alarming rise in anti-Asian violence but to act to end racist immigration and labor policies that entrench health vulnerabilities among immigrant communities with devastating consequences.
We grieve for the families of those killed and bear witness to the trauma that has spread across our communities. We acknowledge that these traumas are shared by Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities and commit to the cross-racial solidarities and community-based approaches necessary to end the deadly impact of white supremacy on our communities.
- “There were 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents, mostly against women, in past year.” NBC News. Retrieved March 17, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/there-were-3-800-anti-asian-racist-incidents-mostly-against-n1261257
- “National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Responds to Murder of Asian Women in Georgia Spa Shootings.” NAPAWF. Washington DC. Retrieved March 17, 2021. https://www.napawf.org/press-releases/031621