Community Reflections: #RememberingMarch16 — Where Are We? Where Are We Going?
by Yuhuan Song and Vivin Qiang
On March 16, 2021, eight people, including six Asian women were murdered in Atlanta. In the aftermath of this act of hate, our affiliate Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Atlanta spearheaded rapid response to support the victims, survivors, and their families. As we mark the one-year anniversary of this tragedy, we look back on these difficult times of loss, but also powerful moments of community solidarity. Following Advancing Justice — Atlanta’s lead in remembering March 16, Advancing Justice — AAJC is uplifting these social media community reflections today to foster a space for healing.
#1 Speak out against hate
One year later, we continue to process the trauma. Fortunately, many take comfort in knowing that the community stands in solidarity to fight back against injustices.
#2 Concern for safety
Many are still in fear of enjoying public spaces.
The fear for our safety doesn’t only impact community members, but also AAPI nonprofit workers, many of whom are on the frontlines fighting anti-Asian hate.
Some have expressed frustration and uncertainty about the future.
#3 “Hold your loved ones close.”
#4 Believing in our solidarity and ability to rise above
Others have echoed the rise of anti-Asian hate as nothing new, but part of a long history of racial discrimination and xenophobia. We must stand together as one to rise above this hate and care for each other.
- “It’s a very specific kind of pain”: One year after the Atlanta spa shootings, Asian American women look back — and ahead.
- A year after the Atlanta shootings, Asian women live in fear: “How are we all going to stay safe?”
We hold our communities close as they reflect on the grief and loss, find strength in our solidarity and resilience, and embark on the road towards healing as we practice self and community care. While many challenges remain in the road ahead, Advancing Justice — AAJC is here to do the work. Together, we will continue our advocacy to advance racial justice and equity for all.
This blog was written and compiled by Yuhuan Song, Anti-Hate Communications Coordinator and Vivin Qiang, Strategic Communications Manager at Advancing Justice — AAJC.
- April 7 — Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment with simultaneous interpretation in Thai, register here.
- April 11 — How to Respond to Harassment for People Experiencing Anti-Asian/American Harassment, register here.
- April 14 — Bystander Intervention 2.0: Conflict De-Escalation, register here.
- April 20 — Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment with simultaneous interpretation in Hindi, register here.
Also, if you experience or witness anti-Asian hate, please report to our Stand Against Hatred website.