Documenting the Actions after the Atlanta Spa Shootings

PBS recently aired Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March, a documentary opening with the shootings by a young Caucasian man who deliberately targeted three spas in the Atlanta area.

At the beginning of this investigation, law enforcement authorities refrained from using hate crime, despite seeing that of the eight victims, six of whom were Asian women. In addition, the gunman targeted Asian-owned spas. What’s baffling is when law enforcement authorities released that the gunman targeted these spas because he had a sex addition and wanted to get rid of temptation. However, in between these spas were bars and strip clubs, none of which the gunman targeted but had ample time and opportunity to do so. So it was clear from Asian communities that law enforcement chose not to call it for what it was: a hate crime.

The documentary also shows all the work that’s been done by the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to get authorities and those in power to address what the community needs. It’s the tireless and seemingly never-ending work that community members do just to promote safety in their own community and combat hatred stemming from certain people in power. We also see blatant racism in Georgia’s legislative branch when they’re redistricting after the 2020 census, squashing the voices and political power of those in Black, Latinx, and Asian communities, as they maintain and gain power.

In addition to the inspiring activism and the fight for representation, it’s powerful to hear the voices and stories of the victims’ families of the spa shootings as well as those who unfortunately came after them. I strongly recommend taking about an hour of your time to watch Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March.

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Leanne

I manage two blogs - Elle's Adventure in China (EACh) and Read and Write Here (R&WH). EACh currently has China-related content from reputable news sources. R&WH is to express my creativity through writing, art, jewelry, and to inform others.

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