The tragic shooting that left six Asian women dead in Atlanta last week was only the latest (and most violent) incident of anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S.
Since the pandemic began about one year ago, anti-Asian attacks have risen 150% in the country, and by 833% specifically in NYC. And these estimates likely don’t even cover the full measure of racist violence, as many crimes are not reported out of fear or language barriers. [featured image source: Instagram / @eastjakefoot]
This weekend, New Yorkers once again came together to make their voices heard — denouncing anti-Asian violence and standing up for their local communities.
There was a peace vigil in Union Square on Friday evening, held by the Asian American Federation. A few hundred people gathered, including Senator Chuck Schumer, lighting candles and honoring the eight people killed last week: Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Yong Ae Yue, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Hyun Jung Grant, Delaina Yaun, and Paul Andre Michels.
On Saturday, SafeWalks NYC — which ensures New Yorkers have a safe walk home at night through a network of volunteer “walking buddies” — led a march from Times Square to Chinatown.
And on Sunday, there was a “Black & Asian Solidarity Rally and Run” by Running to Protest. “This Sunday, we continue to bridge cultural gaps. This Sunday, we talk about anti-Asian racism,” they wrote in their announcement. “This Sunday, we acknowledge yet again the power of representation…we’ll come together to learn about efforts to heal our communities since the COVID-19 pandemic began by listening to personal experiences and education on plans in place to cultivate change.”