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Asian Americans aren't here for you to objectify, ridicule or kill in Atlanta shootings

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Tuesday’s Atlanta-area spa shootings where eight people were killed, including six women of Asian descent, hit close to home for me. 

At least four victims were of Korean origin. While I was born in this country and I’m proud to be an American, I am half Korean and half Japanese. 

At this point, it is unclear whether the shooting victims were targeted because of their race. Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said Wednesday that the suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, Georgia, told authorities that his actions were not racially motivated and that he had a sexual addiction. 

I find it unsettling, nevertheless, because it comes at a time when anti-Asian sentiment and violence are on the rise in our country. Some blame people who look like me of being responsible for the so-called China virus, more accurately known as the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 



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