Announcement of Solidarity with the AAPI Community
Feminist Studies in Religion condemns in the strongest possible terms the murders of eight individuals–six Asian American women, as well as another woman and a man–by a white man in Atlanta on March 16th. We mourn the loss of Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon C. Park, Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Yong Ae Yue, and we wish for a speedy recovery for Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz. We stand in solidarity and allyship with all members of the Asian American Pacific Islander communities who have suffered from an exponential increase in violence, verbal assault, and discrimination during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The recent murders in Atlanta remind us of the prominence of anti-Asian hatred, toxic masculinity, misogyny, racism, and white supremacy in the United States. We affirm the importance of recognizing and naming how these different forms of hatred intersect and cause suffering on a grand scale. Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Soon C. Park, Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, and Yong A. Yue were Asian American women. The intersection of their various identities exacerbates marginalization, silencing, and abuse. It is crucial that we as a society take responsibility for these multiple and intersecting forms of oppression.
We at FSR affirm our commitment to racial justice within our guilds and outside of it. We recommit to identifying and rooting out the structures of oppression that have persisted within our own organization. We call upon colleagues, supporters, and friends to commit themselves to this work as well and to standing in allyship with AAPI communities.