A mass shooting incident in three Atlanta-area spa parlors has led to the deaths of eight people, six of whom were Asian women. Robert Aaron Long (21) was charged with eight counts of murder and has been brought into custody for questioning.

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Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant claimed it was too early to conclude his acts were racially motivated, saying, “It’s still early on, we still have a lot of things to process” and that his “sexual addiction” may be the actual root cause of his crime.

The Asian American community was outraged by the statement, and they have continued rallying for justice. Hate crimes towards Asians have increased exponentially since the beginning of the pandemic, with many—including the sheriff involved in Robert Long’s case—blaming them for the spread of COVID-19.

Celebrities all over the world are using their platforms to raise awareness of the heartbreaking surge in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

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The hashtag #StopAsianHate trended online, with artists like Steve Aoki saying, “We are your friends, family, and fellow human beings.”

YouTuber and singer Eugene Yang encouraged his followers to express their rage at the injustice of the shooting incident.

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Basketball player Jeremy Lin motivated his fellow Asian Americans to “Keep standing up, speaking out, rallying together, and fighting for change.”

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Actress Margaret Cho posted an emotional video following the shootings and urged viewers to view the incident as it is.

I’m so angry and full of grief because of what happened yesterday in Atlanta. I lived in Atlanta for seven years and I just don’t understand. And it is a hate crime. It is a hate crime. When you kill [six] Asian women, it’s a hate crime. This is terrorism. This is a hate crime. Stop killing us.

— Margaret Cho

K-Pop artists are also joining the fight against racism, educating their sizeable fandoms on what happened in Atlanta and what Asian Americans have been going through in the United States.

We stand together. #StopAsianHate.

— CL, soloist

Some, like Eric Nam, couldn’t believe the violent acts that people do while fueled by their hatred.

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They have shared donation drives and information on how their fans can concretely make a difference for the movement.

Spread awareness, please.

— AleXa, soloist

Please.

— Tablo, EPIK HIGH

FNC Entertainment‘s newest boy group, P1Harmony, has also made their voices heard, posting, “Please #StopAsianHate.”

Reporting center Stop AAPI Hate received 1,500 reports of “racism, hate speech, discrimination, and physical attacks against Asians and Asian-Americans” by April 2020.

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