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On Tuesday, eight people were killed and others wounded at three day spas in the Atlanta area. Police apprehended Robert Aaron Long, who officers said later admitted that he was responsible. According to Capt.
Violence has Asian Americans questioning how far they have really come in their American journey. Many Asian Americans are bristling with pain and fury, seeing the Atlanta killings as a culmination of a steady drumbeat of racist attacks.
And tragic. And infuriating.
And proof of exactly what the problem is. First of all, police dismissed the idea that a shooting spree that killed six Asian women was a racist hate crime for the simple reason that Long told them it was not. Six of the dead were women of Asian descent, prompting fears that they had been targeted because of their race. Long may or may not have been motivated by the recent rise in anti-Asian rhetoric, abuse and violence during the COVID pandemic, which various ignorant bigots have attempted to blame entirely on China and, by xenophobic extension, anyone whose heritage includes any of the 48 countries that make up Asia.
But Long was most certainly acting on a broader and more historic variety of racism — the continual objectification and sexualization of Asian women in Western culture. Four years ago, a Times investigation revealed that Dr. Long may actually believe that he is not a racist. What Long believes about himself may be interesting to his psychiatrists, but a monster should not be permitted to frame the coverage of his own monstrosities.
Racism pollutes the mind in many ways and often intersects with other bigotries, especially sexism. ly she was assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment following a year stint as television critic and senior culture editor. A Pulitzer Prize winner in and finalist for criticism in andshe has won various awards for criticism and feature writing.
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