Model Jessica Gomes has shared her heartbreak over the shocking shooting in the US on Tuesday that saw six women of Asian descent killed.
The shooting, which occurred in Atlanta, Georgia, left eight people dead and follows an increase in Asian hate crimes across the US.
The 35-year-old shared a photo of herself in tears following the shooting along with the words, "STOP ASIAN HATE."
"This is for my Mother, my Grandmother, my Aunties and to all my fellow Asian sisters," she wrote. "I love you! I'm so proud of you! I'm so proud to stand with you!
"I'm so proud to be an Asian woman! I'm here with you! I'm so proud my Asian blood runs through my F**ken veins!!! F**K WHITE SUPREMACY & F**K RACISM."
Other celebrities including Gemma Chan, Margaret Cho, Lana Condor and more have spoken out on the shooting, urging people to see the attacks as hate crimes after Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds claimed the shooter's actions "did not appear" to be motivated by racism.
"Heartbroken for the families of the 8 victims, 6 of whom were Asian women," Gemma wrote on Instagram. "Please pay attention to what is happening. This is the latest in a surge of horrific attacks on the Asian community. Racism and misogyny are not mutually exclusive. In fact, sexualised racial harassment and violence is something that many of us face regularly.
"We need to stop the dehumanisation of Asians. We need to stop the scapegoating of Asians for Covid. We need to unite against all forms of hate.
"Please spread awareness, check in on your Asian friends because we are not ok.. educate yourself and others on the model minority myth and the long history of anti-Asian racism. There is a link in my bio if you would like to donate to vetted community organisations."
She added, "Please don’t be silent."
Margaret Cho took to Twitter, saying, "I am so angry and full of grief because of what happened yesterday."
"It is a hate crime. When you kill [six] Asian women, it’s a hate crime. I don’t know why that’s even a question. This is terrorism, and this is a hate crime. Stop killing us."
To All The Boys I've Loved Before star Lana Condor pleaded with her followers to check in on their Asian loved ones.
"Wake up," she wrote. "Your Asian friends and family are deeply scared, horrified, sick to their stomachs and wildly angry. ... please please please stand with us. Please. Your Asian friend needs you, even if they aren’t publicly grieving on social media."
Hate crimes against the Asian community have been on the rise in the US since the coronavirus pandemic began, CNN reports.
A report by Stop AAPI Hate, found there has been at least 500 reported attacks on Asian American in just the first two months of 2021.
The man who police say went on a rampage at three spas in Atlanta has been charged with eight counts of murder.
"Whatever the motivation was for this guy, we know that the majority of the victims were Asian," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta said. "We also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop."
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