Washington, D.C. – Following the devastating anti-Asian shootings last night in Georgia that resulted in the tragic deaths of eight people, including six Asian American women, United We Dream’s Executive Director, Greisa Martinez Rosas, issued the following statement:
“We are heartbroken and yet not surprised by the horrific, white supremacist violence that continues to target members of the Asian American & Pacific Islanders community. Last night’s massacre by an armed white man is directly linked to the xenophobia, scapegoating, and racist rhetoric against the AAPI community.
As a result of racist rhetoric, we have witnessed a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes that have also disproportionately targeted Asian women. The deadly shootings that occurred last night are racist and gendered assaults firmly grounded in our nation’s dark legacy of anti-Asian hate and exclusion and a reminder that racism, misogyny, and anti-immigrant vitriol layer upon each other to create the conditions of this violence.
White supremacy has no place in our society. We are in solidarity with the AAPI community and the victims, survivors, and families who are mourning this horrific tragedy. We will never stop fighting for our collective liberation and remain committed to condemning white supremacy on all fronts.”