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“We got your back” Baron Davis raises his voice for Asian brothers and sisters after Atlanta spa shootings

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The state of Georgia witnessed a horrifying event that took place on Tuesday evening. An active shooter hit three spas in the suburb of Acworth at about five in the evening. Initial police investigations report that the shooter managed to kill eight people. Four of those eight are also of Asian origin.

This incident is being looked at as a hate crime against the Asian community in America. The South Korean embassy later confirmed that four people out of the eight were of Asian origin. However, the police were successful in apprehending a 21-year-old who is reportedly the prime suspect. Surveillance footage suggests that the same suspect might have carried out all the shootings.

This is not the first time Asian-Americans have faced hate crimes. In fact, US president Joe Biden condemned this situation. He said, “vicious hate crimes against Asian-Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated.

Baron Davis points out the problem with hate towards Asians

Former NBA player and TV analyst Baron Davis took to Twitter to express his grief for those deceased. He said, To my Asian brothers and sisters I’m here for you. We love you!!! You are not alone!!! We got your back, we won’t stay silent. This hate must stop.”   

The systemic issue of hate towards Asian-Americans has been on the rise for a long time. Moreover, the Covid pandemic, which was renamed as the “China-Virus” by former President Donald Trump, has exasperated the situation.

Notable NBA players like LeBron James and players from other sports have come forward to show their support in these trying times. In fact, “Stop AAPI Hate”, an organization formed solely for the purpose of stopping incidents like these, tweeted on Tuesday.

It said, “The reported shootings of Asian American women on Tuesday in Atlanta is an unspeakable tragedy – for the families of the victims first and foremost, but also for the AAPI community — which has been reeling from high levels of racial discrimination.” 

The Sheriff of Acworth confirmed homicides were not uncommon there. Many people from the city of Atlanta and neighboring places are now asking the government to take control of the situation. President Biden is in talks about these situations and will surely do something to curb them.

 

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