(Image via stopaapihate.org)
The killing of eight people, including six Asian women, near Atlanta on Tuesday sparked a wave of grief and indignation in the United States and calls for an end to hatred and violence against Asian Americans over the past year.
Tech companies and community figures from the Seattle area collectively condemned Tuesday’s attack and the rise in hate crimes.
The response is similar to that of companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and others last summer in the days and weeks following George Floyd’s death by police in Minneapolis.
Microsoft shared a series of tweets just last week highlighting racial discrimination and violence against the Asia-Pacific islander community.
Microsoft condemns hatred, racial discrimination and violence in all forms. #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/RIVsoLxiv7
– Microsoft (@Microsoft) March 12, 2021
On Wednesday, the day that a diversity and inclusion event was held, in Atlanta, tech giant and CEO Satya Nadella expressed anger and sadness and reiterated the need to bring people together.
Hate and violence continue, including yesterday’s horrific attack on members of the Asian community. We are angry and sad, and today we are more determined to bring people together around the world to accelerate the work necessary to drive change.
– Microsoft (@Microsoft) March 17, 2021
The Guardian reported that Asian Americans from all 50 states reported nearly 3,800 incidents of hatred from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021, including “everything from verbal abuse to physical assault, from coughing to denied service their ethnicity. “
The information, which is believed to be part of the actual hate incidents occurring, was made public in a report released Tuesday by Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit coalition tracking incidents of violence, discrimination and harassment.
Here are more reactions, including Xbox boss Phil Spencer::
Hate has no home on Xbox. Team Xbox is appalled at the violence and racism against Asian communities. For all Asian players and colleagues, I want you to know that we are seeing you, hearing you and that we will and must do more together for #StopAsianHate.
– Phil Spencer (@ XboxP3) March 17, 2021
Limitless Co-Founder and CEO Xiao Wang::
I am just very sad that anti-Asian hate crimes and tragedies continue to increase. That is horrendous. Https://t.co/j6U9PuLE10
– Xiao Wang (@xiaowa) March 17, 2021
Co-founder and CTO of the convoy Grant Goodale::
When I saw the news of the heinous attacks in Atlanta, I was both sad and upset that the racist, misogynistic rhetoric of the past four years and its normalization by those in power ended the lives of eight more Americans. Konvoi and I are against hatred. We all have to.
– Grant Goodale (@ggoodale) March 17, 2021
Co-founder and CEO of Textio Kieran Snyder::
Back up in the middle of the night. Donate here https://t.co/kk41mYSQ12#StopAsianHate
– Kieran Snyder (@KieranSnyder) March 17, 2021
Founder and CEO of the Female Founders Alliance Leslie Feinzaig::
Today’s newsletter was a message of hope that things will get better after a very dark year. But we decided to press pause.
Yesterday’s shoot is a reminder that for many people it will NOT get any better. #StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate
– Leslie Feinzaig ???? (@LeslieFeinzaig) March 17, 2021
There’s the CEO Developers Academy Lauren Sato::
If we look for racism in the aggressor’s words, we have missed the whole point.
– any omission from a textbook.
– the composition of our government.
– the leadership of the Fortune 500.
We were always invisible and therefore available. # StopAsianHate
– Lauren Sato (@LaurenSato) March 17, 2021