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.

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