Santa Cruz Warriors guard Jeremy Lin is speaking after three shootings at massage parlors in metro Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six Asian women.
“For my Asian-American family, take some time to cry, but know that you are loved, seen and IMPORTANT,” Lin tweeted. “We have to keep getting up, talking, coming together and fighting for change. We can’t lose hope !!”
Cherokee County authorities responded to a call about a shooting at Young’s Asian massage parlor that left four dead and one injured. Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office said the victims were two Asian women, a white woman and a white man. The fifth victim was a Hispanic man who was injured and taken to the hospital.
According to the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionSurveillance footage showed the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, arrived around 4:50 p.m. ET, minutes before the shooting.
Around 5:45 p.m., two more shootings occurred at separate massage parlors in Atlanta. Police first responded to a call at Gold Spa and found three women dead from gunshot wounds. Officers were then called across the street to the Aromatherapy spa, where they found a woman dead from a gunshot wound. Atlanta police said the four victims appeared to be Asian women.
Long, 21, was arrested Tuesday night after a police chase.
Police have not provided a motive for the shooting. Acting Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant told a news conference Wednesday morning that authorities are at the beginning of their investigation and “cannot yet make a determination” whether the shootings are a hate crime.
Tuesday’s shootings come amid a surge in violence against Asian Americans across the country.
In a recent Facebook postLin, who is a Taiwanese American, detailed how Asian Americans experience racism, saying his generation is “tired” of dealing with prejudice and bigotry.
“Something is changing in this generation of Asian Americans. We are tired of being told we don’t experience racism, we are tired of being told to keep our heads down and not create problems,” Lin wrote.
He continued: “Being an Asian-American does not mean we do not experience poverty and racism. Being a 9-year NBA veteran does not protect me from being called a ‘coronavirus’ on the court. Being a man of faith is not saying, I do not fight for justice, neither for myself nor for others. “
Following Lin’s account of being called a “coronavirus” during a game, the G League launched an investigation into the incident and later identified the player involved. The league plans to handle the matter internally.
According to The Associated Press, intolerance towards Asian Americans has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a surge in hate crimes, after the disease originated in the Chinese province of Wuhan.
Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition of Asian American advocacy groups, issued a report in August indicating that it has received more than 2,500 reports of racism and discrimination against Asian Americans across the country since the group was formed in March.
Of the incidents classified by Stop AAPI Hate, 70.6% involved verbal harassment / name calling.
The coalition collected data from 47 states and found that 46% of the incidents occurred in California.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.