Our Statement on the Shootings in Atlanta

The shooting of eight people in the Atlanta area earlier this week – including six women of Asian descent – requires all of us to pause and focus on the alarming rise in hate crimes against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the country, the number of hate crimes involving the AAPI community has increased dramatically, with many going unreported and – at times – unsupported.

This lack of support has even been demonstrated by law enforcement. We denounce the statement of the police that the shooter was having a “bad day” and stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and anyone victimized. These acts of violence – shaped by ignorance, hate, and disinformation – have no place in our society. As an institution committed to promoting the values of justice, fairness, and equality, we must call this what it is: an attack on multiculturalism, diversity, and basic decency that are critical components of a free society. We also recognize that these are hate crimes motivated by racism and misogyny.

To our AAPI colleagues and friends, we express our sympathy and support. Events like this are traumatic, and we encourage everyone at the Firm to use the available resources if they can be of help. 

The Center was formed to address these issues and to work toward a better America – and we can use your help. If you have ideas for ways to support our AAPI community and colleagues, please let us know.

If you have questions about the Center, please do not hesitate to reach out to our members.

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