This killing of Asian women in Atlanta (misspoken as Alabama in episode) didn’t just derive from hate but from policies and decisions of our past and present. This is a larger problem of seeing “hate” as the only form of racism, or one must hate to perpetuate race-based crimes. It both shows the short-comings of labeling something a “hate crime,” as it misses out how race-based violence oftentimes isn’t born out of ignorance or hate, but larger issues of power and self-interest. We need a better way to take about racialized violence, and racism, while focusing on the larger picture of the policies and decisions that make these horrible events possible.
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