CW/TW: Anti-Asian violence, racism, white supremacy, misogyny.
Dear Community and Allies,
We, at the Markaz, are horrified, angered, and saddened by the news of senseless, racist, misogynist shooting in Atlanta. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the victims, the local community in Georgia, and to the broader Asian and Asian American community as they grieve and process this tragedy. We especially extend our unwavering support to the Stanford Asian & Asian American community, some of whom also call the Markaz home. Please know that we are here for you.
Anti-Asian violence and rhetoric has surged as a result of the pandemic, but we assert that it has its roots in historical oppression and dehumanization of Asian communities, especially Asian women, both in the United States and abroad, fueled by American imperialism, unjust wars and racial capitalism. We recognize that such oppression continues to occur both explicitly and implicitly via institutionalized structures in this country, and that we need to dismantle such structures in order to enact systemic and long-term change.
We stand in solidarity with our Asian and Asian American community, and, in this moment, we also recommit ourselves to fight against White supremacy, racism, misogyny and all forms of xenophobia in this country.
For those impacted, we hope you are able to prioritize your well-being today and practice self-care. The Asian American Activities Center (A3C) has compiled a list of community resources here, and we’ve included a few below. We invite you to reach out to the Markaz staff should you need anything.
Abiya, Cassie and the Markaz Staff.
Care & Healing
Education & Action