Statement on AAPI Violence

Asian American Studies Program

Indiana University’s Asian American Studies Program is devasted and outraged at the horrific killings of eight people in Atlanta this week. Our hearts go out to the loved ones, families, and communities of the victims.

Anti-Asian violence has increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is fueled by enduring, misguided assumptions that Asian peoples pose a threat to this country. Six of the people who lost their lives were Asian women. Indeed, Asian women have shouldered the brunt of anti-Asian hate incidents over the past year. This is the terrible result of intersecting racism, class inequalities, sexism, and entrenched violence. Asian women live in a world that hypersexualizes and fetishizes them, denying them the dignity and safety that everyone deserves.

It is in grief, fear, and anger that we will continue to fight against white supremacy in its many forms, including xenophobia, misogyny, and domestic terrorism.