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The mass shooter in Atlanta embodied the flawed logic that racial stereotypes reflect fact-based truths

Activists outside Gold Spa following Tuesday night’s shooting, where three women were gunned down, on March 18, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

Our nation is mourning the recent attacks on the Asian American community. On Tuesday, a man murdered eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. This comes amidst the global pandemic where anti-Asian hate speech and violence are on the rise.

As we watch the coverage of this tragedy, many of us are privy to the absurdity of racism in America. This absurdity was even articulated by the man who carried out the killings. The…


The Atlanta shootings were a culmination of centuries of hypersexualization of Asian women

A photo of a young, Asian woman in winter clothes
A photo of a young, Asian woman in winter clothes
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On Wednesday, I learned that the white man who murdered six Asian women in Atlanta denied that his actions were racially motivated. Like many Asian American women, I was overwhelmed with disgust.

Typical. How many times have white men tried to excuse their actions toward me by saying, “I’m not racist, I’m just — ”

By this point in my life, I don’t really care what comes after that. The excuse is always racist. And the man never has to face consequences for it.

In the case of the Atlanta killing spree, the excuse was particularly infuriating. The shooter told…


Watching the Police

The D.A. race in the ‘Black mecca’ reveals the cozy relationship between prosecutors and police unions, no matter how diverse

Illustration: Alicia Tatone

“Watching the Police” is a new GEN column about the movement to rethink policing in America. Malaika Jabali will examine how plans to defund, abolish, or otherwise reform the police are playing out in cities and police departments across the country.

“It’s basically Alien vs. Predator down here.” Brandyn Buchanan, chair of the Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, was talking about the two remaining candidates in the race for district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, and he couldn’t find anything good to say about either of them.

Fulton County has jurisdiction over the city of Atlanta, where former police…

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