CSA News

Statement on Recent Shootings in Atlanta

Mar 21, 2021
We strongly condemn the tragic attacks happening toward Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and throughout our country, especially the most recent killings in Atlanta.

We strongly condemn the tragic attacks happening toward Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and throughout our country, especially the most recent killings in Atlanta. Six of these eight victims were of Asian descent, and all but one were women. This incident punctuated a year that has seen nearly a 2000% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes across the country, including here in California. According to Stop AAPI Hate, there have been over 3,800 reports of hate incidents targeting Asian-Americans nationwide since last March. The country is also seeing a rise in gender-motivated hate crimes against women.

Women account for a significant majority of the victims of violence against Asian-Americans, which is a deeply disturbing phenomenon that we must consider and confront as a society. Hate-driven crimes that target individuals based on who they are only deepen and broaden the impact of these heinous acts of racism. Diversity in our workforce is our strength and is a reflection of the diversity of the communities we serve. We will continue on our path to create a culture that truly embraces equity and inclusivity through our actions and words.  We are making a long-term commitment to enact lasting change.

The CSA Committee on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)