Kamala Harris expresses 'solidarity' with Asian-American community following horrific Atlanta spa shootings

Kamala Harris expresses 'solidarity' with Asian-American community following horrific Atlanta spa shootings
Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a virtual roundtable with women's leadership groups on the American Rescue Plan, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

The Atlanta area was rocked by disturbing violence this week when a shooter carried out a series of attacks on Asian spas, killing eight people — six of whom were Asian. Police have found a suspect: 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, although the shootings are still being investigated. Vice President Kamala Harris discussed the attack during a news briefing on Wednesday, expressing her solidarity with the United States' Asian-American community.

The vice president told reporters, "I do want to talk about what happened in Georgia, in Atlanta. It is tragic. Our country, the president and I and all of us, we grieve for the loss. Our prayers are extended to the families of those who have been killed. It speaks to a larger issue, which is the issue of violence in our country and what we must do to never tolerate it and to always speak out against it."


The 56-year-old vice president, herself the daughter of immigrants — a mother from India and a father from Jamaica — continued, "The investigation is ongoing. We don't yet know, we're not yet clear about the motive. But I do want to say to our Asian-American community that we stand with you and understand how this has frightened and shocked and outraged all people. But knowing the increasing level of hate crime against our Asian-American — our brothers and sisters — we also want to speak out in solidarity with them and acknowledge that none of us should ever be silent in the face of any form of hate."

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