Stacey Abrams, John Legend & More Speak Out Against Anti-Asian Violence
By Peyton Blakemore
March 17, 2021
Celebrities and political figures are standing in solidarity with Asian Americans following a deadly shooting in Atlanta.
John Legend, Common, Stacey Abrams, Kim Kardashian, and LeBron James are among many public figures who are sharing the hashtags #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate after eight people, many of them of Asian descent, were killed in a series of shootings that took place at massage parlors in the Atlanta area on Tuesday (March 16).
According to multiple outlets, Robert Aaron Long, a 21-year-old white male suspect, has been charged with at least four counts of murder and one count of assault. While Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said during a press conference on Wednesday (March 17) that when officials interviewed the suspect he claimed the attacks were not racially motivated, the shooting comes amid a surge in anti-Asian violence and hate crimes nationwide.
The shooting prompted a number of celebrities and political figures to condemn the killings and speak out against Anti-Asian violence. See their tweets below.
Our hearts are with the families of the AAPI women slain yesterday. Hatred is infectious and cumulative - it begins w pejoratives about race and evolves into acts of unspeakable violence. We must do more than condemn. Our responsibility is to protect and defend. By word and deed.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 17, 2021
Last night was an act of pure racist hatred. This is very personal to me as a mom of a child who is both Black & Asian. But it shouldn’t have to be personal to know its wrong. Speak up. Hashtags are nice but actions save lives. Standing w/ the AAPI community. #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/Rtx1b2AZW9— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 17, 2021
This is deeply, deeply sad.— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) March 17, 2021
Trump on Fox *tonight* referred to COVID using the racist slur "China virus."
He previously called it the "Kung Flu."
While he continues to spread hatred against Asian Americans, people like this shooter are listening.https://t.co/bBAkzQl3R1
My heart goes out to the families and communities of the eight people murdered at metro-Atlanta spas. I am deeply saddened that we live in a nation and world permeated by hate and violence. I stand with Asian members of our World House, who are a part of our global human family.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 17, 2021
listen to him. don’t be surprised by the acts of racist violence against asian people when this is the propaganda being fed directly to unhinged and tragically unstable white supremacists. standing with racialized communities means acknowledging imperialism exists + fighting it! https://t.co/ZMNFDCAACW— 🌱 (@noname) March 17, 2021
8 lives were violently stolen. We stand in solidarity & deep compassion w/ our AAPI family in Georgia & across the country.— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) March 17, 2021
Racism, misogyny, & white supremacy are a threat to all of our communities, and we must call out the targeted, violent attacks on our AAPI neighbors.
My heart breaks to see this tragic news. AAPI Americans are once again being targeted, harassed, attacked, and killed in Georgia and communities across America.— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) March 17, 2021
We must do everything we can to end this violence while organizing together against hate, gun violence, and bigotry. https://t.co/Oy4AYkR08L
White supremacist classist patriarchy is dangerous because it insists on dominance. It leads white men to think we all have to pay for their “bad day.”— brittany packnett cunningham has 3 names. (@MsPackyetti) March 17, 2021
Because apparently the racist, misogynistic fetishization and abuse of Asian women is just a white dude having a “bad day.”
I’m outraged by last night’s murders in Atlanta. Over the last year, racist violence against Asian Americans has increased sharply, and women have borne the brunt. This must end now.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 17, 2021
We must stop violence & hate against our Asian brothers and sisters. You can take these virtual bystander intervention trainings & learn ways to intervene effectively without compromising safety. New sessions added Mar 29 + Apr 20. Click below to register. https://t.co/C8gAhUjRuw— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 17, 2021
My condolences goes out to the families of all the victims and the entire Asian community tonight on what transpired in Atlanta at the Aromatherapy Spa. Coward a** young man!! Just senseless and tragic!! 🙏🏾❤️👑— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 17, 2021