The March 16 series of shootings in Georgia set off a nationwide reckoning over the anti-Asian American hate that has swelled up across the country over the past year. Though police had not determined at press time whether the 21-year-old white shooter had specifically targeted the three Atlanta-area spas looking to kill Asian Americans, the fact that six of the victims were women of Asian descent has put a spotlight on crimes against the Asian community.
Over the past year, during which former president Donald Trump’s repeated use of phrases such as “China/Chinese virus” and “kung flu” in reference to the coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, it has been noted that his rhetoric is a possible factor in the increase in crimes against the Asian community.
Reports of Asian Americans being yelled at with racial slurs, spit upon and physically attacked are rising across the country. On the same day as the Atlanta shootings, a 75-year-old Asian woman fought back against a man who punched her in the eye in an unprovoked daylight attack that reportedly followed a similar assault on an 83-year-old Asian man earlier Wednesday by the same man.
As crimes against those of Asian descent continue to increase, artists have been speaking out to condemn the attacks and violence against Asian Americans. Their voices became louder after eight people were killed in the Georgia shootings, six of whom were women of Asian descent.
Here’s a look at how musicians are urging fans to support the Asian community, and what you can do to help.
Many artists, including Olivia Rodrigo and Ariana Grande, are spreading their message of love and support via social media. The two singers both reshared a collection of resources on their Instagram Stories, including GoFundMes and organizations you can donate to:
- GoFundMe: AAPI Community Fund
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta
- Hate Is a Virus
- Send Chinatown Love
- Welcome to Chinatown Longevity Fund
- GoFund Me: Security for Oakland’s Chinatown
- CommUNITY Action Fund
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Asian Pacific Fund COVID-19 Recovery Fund
- CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
- Asian American Journalists Association
One way to become a better ally is to be an informed one. Lin-Manuel Miranda retweeted Asian Americans Advancing Justice to point out that virtual bystander intervention seminars are available to those who wish to learn how to safely help Asian Americans and/or protect themselves. And as Rodrigo pointed out on Instagram, the Advancing Justice Atlanta is offering a webinar March 24 titled “You, Me + White Supremacy,” which will be a discussion about anti-Asian and anti-Blackness in AAPI communities. Bystander Intervention is also offering free training on how to de-escalate instances of anti-Asian American attacks and xenophobia.
You can also follow organizations on social media accounts or visit their websites to learn about issues of racial injustice:
- South Asian Americans Leading Together
- The National Federation fo Filipino American Associations
- The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
- Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund
- Empowered Pacific Islander Communities
- Red Canary Song
- National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
After the killing of George Floyd by police, many musicians — including Halsey, Nick Cannon and more — took to the streets to peacefully protest racism against Black Americans. You can do the same in the wake of the deadly shootings in Georgia:
- March 20: Candlelight vigil, Mandrake Park, Chicago
- March 20: Candlelight vigil, University of Virginia
- March 21: Rally Against Hate, Washington Square Park, NYC
If you see something, say something. Part of many musicians’ messages of supporting Asian Americans, and that also means reporting instances of harassment and attacks. Here are some ways to do so:
If you’re not sure if you’re dealing with a hate crime, visit the Dept. of Justice’s website, or view this list of resources as well as information on how to report crimes to law enforcement. There is also help for pro bono legal services.
And in case of emergency, call 911.
Be a good friend to the Asian Americans in your life. That’s the message Dionne Warwick shared on Twitter. “Make sure you’re checking on your AAPI friends today and always,” she reminded her followers. “And, as always, be an ally and unwavering supporter of all marginalized communities. #StopAsianHate“
For some, this might mean volunteering. Community groups have launched around the country to help protect elderly and other vulnerable AAPI members of the community. Here are a few organizations who are seeking volunteers:
Reaching out doesn’t mean just to help others. As actor and singer Harry Shum Jr. reminded his followers on Twitter, that means taking care of yourself and opening up if you’re struggling with your emotions in the wake of violence against Asian Americans. “AAPI FAM :: please take care of yourself today,” he tweeted. “it’s okay to share your grief and pain to ones you love.”
If you or someone you know wishes to speak with a mental health professional or seek other professional support for abuse against Asian Americans, try these resources: