From left to right: Steph Curry photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Creative Commons; AOC photo via C-SPAN Reese Witherspoon photo by dtstuff9 via Wikimedia Creative Commons;Ava DuVernay Photo by Stephanie Moreno/Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications for Peabody Awards/University of Georgia via Wikimedia Creative Commons
Non-Asians across America are showing their support for the AAPI community in light of the shootings at three Georgia spas on Tuesday.
Many have Asian Americans have often felt their communities struggle in silence. Now people throughout the country are speaking out to make sure Asian Americans feel seen.
Several big NBA offered released statements of support on Twitter. Lakers captain Lebron James, one of the NBA’s biggest stars, offered his condolences late Tuesday night.
“My condolences goes out to the families of all the victims and the entire Asian community tonight on what transpired in Atlanta at the Aromatherapy Spa,” James wrote on Twitter.
Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry asked his followers to educate themselves about anti-Asian racism and shared a post condemning anti-Asian racism from his coach Steve Kerr.
Non-Asians in Hollywood are also showing their support for the AAPI community. Director Ava DuVernay, known for her film Selma and documentary 13th, asked people to examine the stereotypes they held about Asian people.
Reese Witherspoon noted that growing up she heard anti-Asian slurs a lot. As a child, she watching “grown-ups” around her disrespect people from other races confused her because she was raised to “treat others as you want to be treated.”
“They said one thing and did another,” Witherspoon wrote. “I encourage you to talk to your kids about respecting ALL people to speak up when others are being racist.”
Non-AAPI politicians called for action after the shootings in Georgia. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noted that “dismantling racist, anti-Asian violence means standing up to white supremacy.”
Hundreds of other non-AAPIs have tweeted their support for the AAPI community. The hashtag #StopAsianHate has been trending on Twitter.
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