IAVM grieves for the families and communities of numerous Asian Pacific Islander (API) community members murdered in Georgia on March 16, 2021 by senseless gun violence and anti-Asian racism. We hope those wounded survive these atrocious attacks, and we continue to condemn all forms of hate.
IAVM calls all people, including local and national leaders, to condemn anti-API violence and to actively find solutions to shield our community from further hate and violence towards marginalized communities.
Whether the accused killer’s intentions were racially motivated or not, the impact of his actions has been a groundswell of fear and discussion around anti-Asian acts that are prevalent in much, if not all, of the United States. We can and we must do better as a people, and as a nation, united against hate – silence is not acceptable.