We are deeply saddened and troubled by the shootings in Georgia on Tuesday night that killed eight people, including six Asian women.
We mourn with and feel for the families of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon C. Park, Suncha Kim, Hyun-jeong Grant, Yong A. Yue, Paul Andre Michels, and Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz (in stable condition).
These murders are the latest atrocity in a disturbing and unacceptable rise in hatred and violence directed toward our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members. As leaders, we must condemn not only systemic violence, but discrimination, xenophobia, and misogyny in our communities.
We remain committed to our ongoing efforts to dismantle white supremacy and work toward racial and cultural equity. In order to create the anti-racist change that we so desperately need, we must all condemn this violence, name it, and do the work necessary to Stop Asian Hate.
As we mourn the victims of this horrific act, we will continue to use our platforms to provide support to, hold space for, and stand in solidarity with our AAPI community of artists, creatives, administrators, and stakeholders through our programs, events, and communications.