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University of Michigan student coalition group hosting vigil for Asian Americans shot and killed near Atlanta

Shooting deaths of six Asian women in metro-Atlanta calls for support and solidarity among Asian-American community groups
Law enforcement officials confer outside a massage parlor following a shooting on Tuesday,...
Law enforcement officials confer outside a massage parlor following a shooting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Atlanta. Shootings at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs have left seven people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, authorities said Tuesday.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 10:22 PM EDT
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJRT) - Stop AAPI Hate reports show nearly 4,000 self reports of anti-Asian hate incidents in the U.S. between March of 2020 and February of 2021.

The latest making headlines is the shooting deaths of six Asian women in metro-Atlanta. Even though authorities say race does not appear to be a factor in the crime, it is still sending shockwaves through the Asian-American community.

“There are still Asian Americans in places like in the Midwest like Flint, like Ann Arbor. Even though maybe our adjacency to college campuses might make us feel somewhat safer, I still think that they’re still having an impact on us,” Gina Liu said.

Liu is the advocacy chair for the United Asian American Organizations at the University of Michigan. They’re holding a student-led vigil on campus, discussing the history of anti-Asian violence in America and showing solidarity for a group that’s been marginalized time and time again.

“We really do need to show that there is support for our communities like within ourselves and then with our allies. Doing more than just taking a moment of silence. We want it to be a space where people can kind of grieve and process,” Liu said.

Michigan lawmakers are echoing that need for support. Congressman Dan Kildee tweeted on Tuesday, calling the surge in anti-Asian crimes “horrifying” and “unacceptable.”

He’s glad the House passed a resolution condemning racism against Asian Americans, and Liu wants to continue seeing more action.

“Making sure that Asian Americans and the wide range of Asian Americans are being seen and being heard and being addressed in policy too,” Liu said.

For more information about the vigil planned for Friday, March 26, click here. It’s from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and will be both in person and streamed online.

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