The Recording Academy and its sister academies in the television and film realms have released statements decrying anti-Asian hate in the wake of the killings of eight people (six being women of Asian descent) in the Atlanta area.
Below, find the Recording Academy’s full statement in support of AAPI (Asian American/Pacific-Islander) communities following the Atlanta-area shootings:
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a disturbing rise in discrimination against the Asian-American community. On Tuesday, March 16, a shooting in the Atlanta area left eight people dead.
The Recording Academy is deeply saddened by this incident and denounces any and all hate crimes and asks the music community to stand together against these incidents.
Every day, our work as creators demonstrates the power of diversity and the strength that comes when individuals from different backgrounds come together. Let’s continue to be a positive example for the rest of the world and work collectively to drive change.
We encourage you to support the work of Stop AAPI Hate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the other organizations currently addressing these challenges.
The Television Academy posted a statement on its home page and also released it on its social media accounts:
We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community at large, and we condemn any and all forms of racism, xenophobia and violence. To learn more about how you can provide support to #StopAAPIHate and combat structural racism, visit https://t.co/iFrp3fKFDM. #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/L5lrdEbyYG
— Television Academy (@TelevisionAcad) March 18, 2021
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences likewise posted statements on its Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 17, 2021
The man who police say went on a rampage at three spas in the Atlanta area, killing eight people, was charged Wednesday with eight counts of murder in connection with the attacks. While police haven’t specified the man’s motives, many experts believe the increase in anti-Asian violence is linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, which former President Trump frequently referred to as “the Asian flu” or “Kung Flu.”
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