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LISTEN: Anti-Asian Hate And The Inextricable Link Between Racism And Sexism

Ben Gray
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Mai Wright holds a sign while participating in a "Stop Asian Hate" rally outside the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on March 20, 2021.

After the killings of eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women, Caroline H. Lee wrote a commentary for WBUR’s blog Cognoscenti, responding directly to news reports that said it was “unclear” whether the killings were motivated by racism. Her commentary is titled, “Call The Shootings In Atlanta What They Were: Targeted Violence Against Asian American Women.”

Lee, a student at Harvard Medical School, wrote that some reports have ignored the reality that “racism and the sexual violence perpetuated against Asian women are not separate issues, but matters that are inextricably intertwined with one another.”

In an interview with NEXTLee said the shootings were like a nightmare come true for many Asian American women.

“The fact that these small microaggressions and things we experience on a daily basis could become violent and could lead to our eventual deaths, I think that’s what was so scary about it,” she said.

This interview was featured on NEXT from the New England News Collaborative. Listen to the entire episode here.