By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy | The Philadelphia Citizen
Wednesday’s mass shooting in Georgia put Asian Americans on even higher alert after a year of increased racial incidents. Here’s how you can help
On Wednesday evening, the day after a mass shooting in Georgia that killed eight people, including six Asian Americans, around 100 people gathered in Philadelphia’s Chinatown for a vigil to honor and support our neighbors of Asian descent. It was, like all vigils of this sort for the last several years, poignant and sad and enraging.
Here we are again, reflecting on the hate that pervades our society—fueled by those in power, including the former President and the media—inflicted upon those who can least fight back.
It’s unclear still if the murderer in Georgia was specifically targeting Asian American women. (It is clear that he was targeting women.) But the shooting spree has brought to the forefront something that has been true for the last year-plus, which also led to Congress holding its first hearing about anti-Asian violence in 30 years, yesterday: The rising incidences of anti-Asian harassment and assault since the start of the coronavirus pandemic…