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Protesters tried gathering nationwide on Saturday to both mourn the victims of the mass shooting at three Asian-owned massage parlors in Atlanta earlier in the week and also speak out against anti-Asian violence and hate.
But many of the protests were hijacked by Democrat politicians, who’ve seized on the mass shooting to buoy their unsubstantiated, dubious narrative that America is awash in white supremacist hate and violence.
Yet as of Sunday, the motive for the Atlanta mass shooting still remained under investigation, though all evidence pointed to the suspect being a religious fanatic who was unable to cope with his sexual urges.
“No matter how you want to spin it, the facts remain the same. This was an attack on the Asian community,” Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen, a Democrat, nevertheless told a crowd at one protest in Atlanta, according to Reuters.
Six Asians and two white people died during the Atlanta mass shooting, though for reasons that remain unclear, Democrats and their media allies have focused exclusively on the Asian victims.
A 21-year-old white man kills 6 Asian women. pic.twitter.com/RNQuPDvaA4
— Bee Nguyen 🐝 (@BeeForGeorgia) March 17, 2021
“Let us build a state and a nation where no one lives in fear because of who they are or where they or their family come from,” Sen. Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, also reportedly said at the Atlanta protest.
“I just wanted to drop by to say to my Asian sisters and brothers, we see you, and, more importantly, we are going to stand with you,” Sen. Raphael Warnock, also a Democrat, added, according to the Associated Press.
.@SenatorWarnock and I addressed today’s rally in Atlanta to mourn the victims of this week’s massacre and to express our love and support for the Asian-American community in Georgia and nationwide. Gratitude to the organizers. pic.twitter.com/kG6GMju7wz
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) March 20, 2021
We all have a stake in each other’s wellbeing. I was glad to join the community in Atlanta with @SenOssoff today to remember & honor the lives of those we lost in Tuesday’s shooting, and take an urgent stand to #StopAsianHate against our Asian-American brothers & sisters. pic.twitter.com/SaJ9WRKUlC
— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) March 20, 2021
Yet neither Ossoff nor Warnock have spoken out about the vast swath of anti-Asian crime that’s been committed by the black community.
In fact, according to 2018 crime data from the Department of Justice, black-on-Asian crime is far, far, far more common than Asian-on-black crime.
Moreover, anti-Asian violence by the black community has been a staple throughout the country for years.
“Walking to a convenience store in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley last fall, Rongshi Chen eyed a pair of young black men coming his way. With no warning, the men grabbed the 64-year-old, lifted him and threw him onto the concrete. They kicked his ribs, broke his collarbone and made off with $200, credit cards and Chen’s identification,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2010.
“No one caught the attackers. Seven months later, Chen still suffers effects of the attack. He’s not alone. At least four high-profile attacks involving blacks and Asians have occurred since January in San Francisco and Oakland, including the beating death of Tian Sheng Yu, 59, last month. Two 18-year-old men have been charged with murder.”
Eleven years later, nothing has changed.
“San Francisco’s hidden truth is out. That’s what community organizer Carol Mo calls the realization that Asian residents are being targeted for robberies, burglaries and intimidation by young black men,” the Chronicle reported on March 2nd, weeks before the mass shooting in Atlanta.
“It is San Francisco’s dirty little secret. It’s not news to us,” Mo said to the paper.
It’s a secret that’s kept hidden in part because of concerted efforts by mainstream media outlets to focus the public’s attention on the alleged threat of white supremacy — a task that was made significantly easier because of last week’s mass shooting.
Though as noted earlier, there’s yet no evidence to substantiate the theory that the shooting was motivated by racial animus.
“[W]hile the motive remains still under investigation at the moment, it does not appear that the motive was racially motivated,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said to NPR last Thursday.
Yet the “white supremacy” narrative persists unabated among the media elite:
— Davidm1108 (@davidm1108) March 19, 2021
— Byron Dobson (@byrondobson) March 20, 2021
.@JoyAnnReid on the tragic Atlanta shootings targeting Asian-American women, and the need for people of color to unite against the scourge of White supremacy. #CrossConnection pic.twitter.com/e1ift5y5qC
— The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross (@CrossConnection) March 20, 2021
It’s as if the actual truth doesn’t matter — just the narrative does.
As for Asian people themselves, what matters to them is that their voices are at least finally being heard — or at least by some.
“For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful to everyone willing to listen,” actress Sandra Oh said while in attendance at one protest in Pittsburgh on Saturday, according to The Hill.
“One thing I know many of us in our community are very scared, and I understand that, and one way to get through our fears is to reach out to our communities.”
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