Yesterday was yet another dark day in America.
In case you missed it, there was a terrible Anti-Asian hate crime massacre in Atlanta. A man went on a killing spree to three different Asian spas, killing eight people, SIX of whom were Asian women.
My heart is absolutely sick typing that out. Shattered.
Because these terrible acts of violence against Asian Americans have skyrocketed since the pandemic. Hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen 150% since 2019. Read that number again: 150%.
And in New York City alone, the number is even more staggering: the NYPD reports a 1,900% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans. 1,900%. That is simply unconscionable.
Asian Americans make up only 5.6 percent of our population, and yet, thanks to the racially insensitive nomenclature “China Virus” and “Wuhan Flu,” they have been the target of everyone’s blame for the pandemic. A stereotype and way of thinking that is completely false, wrong and misdirected.
I wrote about this topic back in February in my post #StopAsianHate, but since then, the situation has only gotten worse.
It seems like every day, my Filipino boyfriend sends me another viral video of yet another horrific attack on an Asian American person – usually elderly, or female.
He is outraged, saddened, concerned and disappointed. And so am I.
But this time, my anger has shifted a bit. Yes, I am obviously still outraged against the situation at large, and that people could commit such bigoted, heinous crimes against innocent people. But now, I am disgusted by the media’s handling of it all.
They are negligent.
They have completely failed to call these attacks what they truly are: ANTI-ASIAN HATE CRIMES.
Call it what it is!
In yesterday’s attack, this 21 year old man, went to Asian spas, and killed six Asian women and yet, the media is telling the story that his actions were driven by a “sex addiction,” rather than racially motivated?!
You’ve got to be kidding me! His actions speak louder than his words!
There have been over 3,000 reported incidents of anti-Asian hate crimes in the last year — WHY ARE WE NOT HEARING ABOUT IT?
Why does it take a viral video on social media of these violent and vicious attacks against innocent elderly Asian people, for people to get an inkling of the horrific violence that has been making Asian Americans terrified to walk down the streets, fearing for their safety!
The media are just completely negligent in their handling — or rather, not handling — of the rampant violence against our AAPI brothers and sisters.
And as I’ve been stewing in anger and disgust, one question keeps coming to mind: why.
WHY are the media actively choosing not to cover the violence, or call it what it is?
Why? Because it doesn’t fit their narrative.
I understand that this is not going to be a popular proposition to make, but hear me out.
Think about everything that has happened over this past year, up to and including the Bachelor finale Monday night.
We’ve been fighting for Black Lives Matter, we’ve decided that “not being racist” isn’t good enough anymore, and one must “do the work” to become “anti-racist.” We’ve heralded the book “White Fragility” as the new Gospel, and have literally torn down institutions and burned cities all in the name of Wokeness.
Which, ~militant extremism aside~ is good.
But throwing in the narrative that Asian Americans are ALSO victims of – not just racism, but VIOLENT RACISM – that is a narrative that isn’t convenient for our newly “woke” media. There can only be one victim at a time, and right now, Asians aren’t it.
But the fact is, you cannot be truly “anti-racist” unless you include Asian Americans, and ALL people of color or minority groups.
But sadly, the media refuses to talk about it, because it is an antidote to the narrative they’ve literally restructured their identity around, and are using to restructure American society.
This is where I’ve come up for air: every single person deserves respect, dignity, and to feel safe. No matter of skin color. Or background. Or religious or sexual orientation. Every. Single. Person.
It’s what I was born believing, it’s what I believed back last summer during all the riots and looting, it’s what I believe today, and it’s what I will believe ’til Kingdom come.
Everyone is worthy of respect and feeling safe.
Racism against African American people is wrong. Racism against Asian American people is wrong. Racism period. Is wrong.
No act of violence or microaggression towards another person is EVER okay – and the media should be reporting equally against every single act of hatred, no matter who the victim, no matter who the perpetrator.
“This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” – Jeremiah 22:3
I don’t know what the answer is to all of this. Frankly, I feel helpless, watching this all play out, and it be silenced by the media.
Though we may not be able to control what is covered by the media, we can control our response to this horrific violence. We can speak up, and share on our social media what’s going on. We can raise awareness about these terrible things, and offer support to our AAPI brothers and sisters. We have a powerful tool in our arsenal: social media – and for once we can use it for something other than selfies and cat videos. We can use it for good. We can use it to invoke change, and alert people to this atrocity that is going on.
And then pray. Pray for the protection of Asian Americans, African Americans, all people, against racism and hate-driven violence. We are all one family, created by God. How we treat anyone is how we treat Jesus. It’s time we start defending those who need it most. (Including the babies in the womb!)
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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