March 19, 2021 6:45 pm
Kartemquin Films stands in grief and solidarity with the Asian community in "condemning misogyny, systemic violence, and white supremacy against our communities in all its forms."
We encourage you to read Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta's statement: http://bit.ly/ga-aajustice - for a community-centered response to the murders of 8 people, 6 of whom were Asian women in spas in Atlanta, GA on March 16, 2021.
Just as we have failed to reckon with a history of anti-blackness in our society, so too have we failed to confront the corresponding anti-Asian biases in our nation's history. We are outraged at how the invisibility of Asian American women has been revealed and compounded by the way in which authorities and media have treated this heinous act.
"For far too long, the media industry has skirted around honest truths, failing to provide space for those with lived experiences to contribute to the storytelling. We need to see and hear more of the stories that represent the deep diversity of life in the AAPI community -- only in doing so will we influence how our society views Asian Americans." - Adeline Chen from My wish for my Asian American daughter: A world that sees her in all her humanity
The outrage felt by the Asian American and larger people of color communities at this killing spree is part of a long overdue societal reckoning with the legacy of white supremacy, misogyny, and racism in this country as it impacts the lives of everyday people, who seek to simply live in peace, free from harm.
We share our support in lifting the words and actions of leaders, activists, and artists in Asian American communities taking action to build justice.
Kartemquin Films Staff and Board
Learn how you can help below:
Stand in solidarity with Asian American Advancing Justice as they develop their community-centered response to denounce misogyny, white supremacy, and systemic racism that motivates violence against Asian American communities and other communities of color. http://bit.ly/aaajcommunitystatement
Asians Have Always Fought Back
To support the victims and their families bit.ly/DonateToGeorgiaAAPICommunity
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
HANA Center and the NAKASEC Network Statement