On behalf of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, we would like to express our deepest condolences to those involved in the shootings in the greater Atlanta area on the evening of March 16, 2021. According to reports, six of the nine victims were of Asian descent. We offer our solidarity and support for the Asian American community in the greater Atlanta area.
We are deeply saddened and devastated by the terrible violence in Atlanta, and the continuing violence and hate crimes towards Asian Americans in many parts of the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask all to support the Asian American community during this time, and ask all to help seek an end to acts of violence and hate, as well as prejudice, discrimination, and bias, against Asians, Asian Americans, and Asian American-owned businesses.
If you ever experience Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate, are a witness to it, or need to report it, there are resources available, including Stop AAPI Hate, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. These are two prominent organizations that are spearheading efforts to stop AAPI hate on a national level. On their websites you will find resources on education and awareness surrounding the advancement and protection of civil and human rights for Asian Americans.
Lastly, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City would like to urge government authorities and community leaders to stand firm against, and take meaningful steps to help eradicate, anti-AAPI violence and racism. In light of this and similar tragedies, we must be reminded that it is our diversity, inclusion, and acceptance that makes our communities, and our country, strong.