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The Backstory: In Georgia, murders, misogyny and racism intertwined tragically

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After dropping off flowers Jesus Estrella, left, and Shelby S., right, stand in support of the Asian and Hispanic community outside Youngs Asian Massage parlor where four people were killed, March 17, 2021, in Acworth, Ga.

I’m USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week. If you’d like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.

A white man is accused of murdering eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent, at massage businesses this week in Atlanta.The debate quickly turned to whether this was a hate crime.

There is the legal definition of hate crime, which the Justice Department describes as motivation rooted in bias based on a victim’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability. 

There is also the question of who gets to decide. In this case, 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 and wanted to “eliminate his temptation.”



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